Complete Fixed Bridge
If you have experienced tooth loss due to trauma or decay, the replacement of these teeth is vital to restoring the appearance and function of your smile. Our team at Rochester Periodontal & Dental Implants provides several great restorative procedures to replace missing or damaged teeth. One of our most popular and effective means of accomplishing this goal is through the use of a fixed dental bridge. This is a cost-effective and non-invasive means by which our team can give you a brighter, more complete smile in a single visit.
What Is a Fixed Bridge?
A bridge is a replacement for one or more adjacent teeth. A complete fixed bridge is a non-removal grouping of artificial teeth that are intended to replace an entire arch. This dental device can provide you with a new smile in a single visit and provides numerous benefits to your oral health.
A bridge can be attached in several ways. Our team will select the attachment method that is best suited for your needs. There are both surgical and non-surgical installation methods available.
One common method of attaching a fixed bridge is by encapsulating the abutment tooth on either side of the gap with crowns that will hold the bridge in place. Our team can also utilize a Maryland bridge. A Maryland bridge is similar to a traditional bridge but is attached to abutment teeth by bonding metal panels to the back of them as opposed to using crowns.
However, if you are receiving a full arch replacement, our team will likely need to use an implant-supported bridge installation method. During this process, our professional will attach titanium posts to your jawbone. The bridge is then affixed to these posts, providing even more stability than the other installation options.
How Long Does a Fixed Bridge Last?
Your dental bridge will last between five and 15 years. The life span of your bridge will vary depending on your care procedures and adhering to our team's guidelines. Regular oral exams and professional cleanings will extend the life of your bridge. Avoiding certain foods that pose a risk of damaging the bridge is also advised to minimize the risk of breaking or cracking your bridge.
What Are the Benefits of a Fixed Bridge?
One of the most appealing aspects of dental bridges for many patients is that they are less invasive than complete dental implants. A traditional dental bridge does not require any surgery to install. The implant-supported dental bridge can be completed with one procedure, as opposed to the two to three separate procedures needed to complete the installation of dental implants.
Dental bridges function more like natural teeth than traditional dentures do. They also provide you with better bite strength and look more natural. Dental bridges are considered a middle ground between traditional removable dentures and dental implants. They are also more cost-effective than dental implants.
If you are missing multiple teeth or have decayed teeth that require extraction, this is an opportunity to obtain a brand-new smile. Our team at Rochester Periodontal & Dental Implants can provide you with a custom made fixed dental bridge and give you a smile that you can be confident in. Contact us today by calling our office at .