Patients with multiple teeth missing can enjoy health and aesthetic benefits with a fixed dental bridge. At Hillcrest Dental Group, we recommend this non-removable appliance to our patients as a sturdy and long-lasting teeth replacement option.
Why Get a Fixed Bridge?
Missing or severely damaged teeth deprive patients of a healthy smile. Without treatment, aesthetic and health effects of damaged or missing teeth only worsen over time. To bolster the look of a complete set of teeth, our doctors may recommend a fixed bridge.
Beyond addressing the appearance of your smile, a fixed bridge can also improve dental function and wellbeing. Dental bridges prevent healthy teeth from shifting out of position, which can cause bite problems. After receiving a fixed bridge, patients may notice a significant improvement in their ability to speak and chew.
For patients with removable dental appliances, such as partial dentures, our Petaluma practice recommends fixed bridges as a secure option.
Traditional Fixed Bridges
Our doctors work with each patient on an individual basis, recommending a variety of dental bridge options that address their unique needs.
Among the most common options are traditional bridges. These bridges work with existing, healthy teeth and are of materials that promote natural aesthetic and strength. Crowns are placed over neighboring teeth, which are then used as anchors for the artificial teeth.
Your dental bridge can give you years of service, especially when you follow routine check-up visits to keep an eye on oral health and wear and tear on restorations.
Receiving a Fixed Bridge
The abutment teeth used to anchor the bridge are prepared for a proper and secure fit. Impressions, or molds, are taken to fabricate a bridge that accurately imitates natural teeth. To ensure you are not left with an incomplete smile prior to receiving your permanent bridge, you will have a temporary bridge to wear.
Prior cementing it in place, our doctors assess your custom-designed permanent bridge, making any adjustments for a stable and balanced fit. Dependent individual needs, the bridge may be bonded with temporary cement to allow adjustment to the new appliance. At a future appointment, the fixed bridge is cemented permanently.
After the procedure, you will receive care instructions, including advice on proper brushing and flossing routines.
Ready to Learn More? Contact Hillcrest Dental Group
Achieving a stronger smile begins with a consultation visit. Contact our Petaluma dental office today to schedule an appointment and learn more about dental bridge restorations.