- Fixed Bridges
One of tooth replacement options is a fixed bridge (sometimes called a fixed partial denture). This is a restoration that replaces or spans the space where one or more teeth have been lost. A fixed bridge is bonded or cemented into place-which can only be removed by a dentist. Fixed bridges are very durable and will last many years, however they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear. fixed bridge are used to : Fill spaces of missing teeth, Maintain facial shape, Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position, Restore chewing and speaking ability, restore your smile.
How is a fixed bridge attached?
A fixed bridge is commonly cemented or bonded to the natural teeth next to the space left by the missing teeth. An artificial tooth (called a pontic) replaces the lost natural tooth , and restores its function. A pontic is attached to a crown. A crown is a restoration that covers a tooth. Crowns, which are cemented on adjacent prepared teeth , serve as retainers that support the fixed bridge.
Different types of fixed bridges
A fixed bridge can be attached to your natural teeth. Different types of artificial teeth may be used in fixed bridges. These include gold, porcelain fused to metal, and all-porcelain.
In some instances , a resin-bonded fixed bridge (sometimes called a "Maryland bridge") can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. Because it is attached by a special procedure called bonding, it doesn't require the use of crowns or extensive tooth preparation. We can determine whether this treatment method is appropriate for you.