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Fixed Bridges

A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth. There are several types of bridges, contact us at 416 925–0154 to set up an appointment to discuss the best options for you. The traditional bridge is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. Porcelain fixed bridges are most popular because they resemble your natural teeth and are strong. This type of bridge consists of 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 exceptionally 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

  • Replacing missing teeth.
  • Restore the function (chewing and speaking ability).
  • Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
  • Restore your smile.
  • Maintain facial shape.
  • Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance.

The Process

Getting a bridge usually requires two 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) or digital scan is completed, 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 a week or two, until your next appointment. At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and bonded to achieve a proper fit. Occasionally we may only temporarily bond the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge. The new bridge will be permanently bonded later. You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will prolong the life of your new permanent bridge. If you have a missing tooth and are interested in a fixed bridge, please contact us at 416 925–0154 to set up a consultation today. Please email any questions to info@bcddental.com. You can also visit our team of trained dentists and hygienists at Bathurst College Dentistry for more information at 474 College Street, Suite 103 Toronto, Ontario M6G 1A4