W177 N9856 Rivercrest Drive
Germantown, WI 53022
What is a Bridge?
A missing tooth or teeth can create an unhealthy situation over time. It is very important to restore these gaps. When one or more teeth are lost or missing, the neighboring teeth can shift, tip or even "super-erupt" into the space. Teeth that have drifted from their normal and healthy position
are often more susceptible to decay and gum disease. Further, this movement can lead to changes in a patient's bite that can ultimately put stress on the jaws, muscles, teeth and temporomandibular joints (TMJ). Over time this can affect a patient's ability to chew and may even change the facial appearance depending on the location and number of missing teeth.
Is a Bridge permanent?
There are two ways to replace a missing tooth or teeth: fixed and removable. A bridge is a
permanent or fixed replacement, while a denture is a removable replacement. A
bridge consists of replacement teeth (one or more) that are attached to crowns
on the adjacent teeth. The replacement teeth are shaped and contoured to blend
in with the natural teeth in the mouth.
How long does this procedure take?
This procedure takes two or more visits to complete. At the first visit, the adjacent teeth are reduced, an impression is taken and sent to a dental laboratory for fabrication. At the second visit, the bridge is fit and placed permanently in the mouth. Like crowns, bridges can be made from variety
of materials for strength and esthetic appearance. While it should always be discussed with your dentist before treatment, a fixed restoration is generally considered to be the favored solution for tooth replacement.
A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.
There are several types of bridges. You and your dentist will discuss the best options for your particular case. The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. This type of bridge consists to two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years, however they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear.
Reasons for a fixed bridge:
Fill space of missing teeth.
Maintain facial shape.
Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
Restore chewing and speaking ability.
Restore your smile.
Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance.
What does getting a fixed bridge involve?
Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits. While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, a highly accurate
impression (mold) is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for several weeks until your next appointment.
At the second visit, you permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit. Occasionally your dentist may only temporarily cement the bridge,
allowing your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge. The new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later time.
You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of the procedure. Proper brushing, flossing and
regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.