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Multiple Missing Teeth

Dental fixed bridges offer a reliable and aesthetically pleasing solution to restore your smile.

At Smiley Implants, we understand the impact that missing teeth can have on your quality of life. Dental fixed bridges offer a reliable and aesthetically pleasing solution to restore your smile and improve oral function.

What is a Dental Fixed Bridge?

A dental fixed bridge is a permanent prosthetic device designed to replace one or more missing teeth by bridging the gap between adjacent teeth. This type of restoration is anchored securely in place using dental crowns on the natural teeth adjacent to the gap or via dental implants, ensuring stability and durability.

Components of a Fixed Bridge

  • Pontics: These are the artificial teeth that fill the gap created by missing teeth. They are custom-made to match the color, size, and shape of your natural teeth for a seamless appearance.
  • Abutments: These are the teeth or dental implants on either side of the gap that provide support for the bridge. In cases where natural teeth are used, they are typically covered with crowns to enhance their strength.

Benefits of Dental Fixed Bridges

  1. Restored Functionality: Dental bridges enable you to chew and speak properly, which might be difficult with missing teeth.
  2. Aesthetic Enhancement: A fixed bridge improves your smile by filling in gaps with natural-looking prosthetic teeth.
  3. Preventing Tooth Movement: By filling the gap, a bridge helps maintain the position of your remaining teeth, preventing them from shifting.
  4. Long-lasting Solution: With proper care, dental bridges are a durable and long-lasting solution for missing teeth.
  5. Preservation of Facial Structure: By maintaining the proper alignment of your teeth and jaw, bridges help preserve your facial structure and appearance.

The Procedure for Getting a Fixed Bridge

  1. Initial Consultation: During your first visit, we will conduct a thorough examination, including X-rays, to assess your dental needs and determine the best treatment plan.
  2. Preparation: If natural teeth are used as abutments, they will be prepared by removing a small amount of enamel to accommodate the crowns. Impressions of your teeth are then taken to create a custom bridge.
  3. Temporary Bridge: While your permanent bridge is being fabricated, a temporary bridge may be placed to protect the exposed teeth and gums.
  4. Fitting the Bridge: Once the permanent bridge is ready, it will be checked for fit and comfort before being permanently cemented into place. Adjustments will be made as needed to ensure a perfect fit.
  5. Follow-Up Care: After the bridge is placed, you may experience some minor discomfort as you adjust. Follow-up visits will ensure the bridge is functioning correctly and that your oral health is maintained.

Caring for Your Dental Bridge

To ensure the longevity of your dental bridge, it’s essential to maintain good oral hygiene. This includes:

  • Regular Brushing and Flossing: Brush your teeth at least twice a day and use floss or interdental brushes to clean around the bridge.
  • Routine Dental Check-ups: Regular visits to our office will help monitor the health of your bridge and surrounding teeth.
  • Healthy Diet: Avoiding hard and sticky foods can prevent damage to your bridge and support overall dental health.

A dental fixed bridge is a practical and effective solution for replacing missing teeth, offering both functional and aesthetic benefits. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out how a fixed bridge can enhance your smile and improve your oral health.