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Procedures Restorations Fixed Bridges

Fixed Bridges

A dental bridge is a type of dental restoration that is used to replace missing teeth.A fixed bridge is where each end of the bridge is permanently attached to teeth/implants. Bridges are typically made from gold, porcelain fused to metal, or just porcelain depending on the location. Candidates for a dental bridge are people missing teeth and have good oral hygiene practices.Bridges typically last ten years or more.


The top reasons for a dental bridge


  1. Shifting of your teeth - To keep your teeth from shifting around in your mouth. Teeth naturally gravitate to fill in the gaps in your teeth. Not only can this affect the teeth next to the missing tooth, it can affect the teeth above the gap. Over time, missing teeth can change your entire bite creating new problems.
  2. Extra stress - A missing tooth adds extra stress on the remaining teeth. You have heard the old saying, "a chain is only as strong as its weakest link". Your teeth are stronger as a set then they are as individuals.
  3. Appearance - missing teeth do not just affect your smile, missing teeth can also affect shape of your face. Missing teeth cause your cheeks to sink in
  4. Speaking - missing teeth can cause you to not pronounce words correctly, making it hard for people to understand what you are saying.
  5. Chewing - missing teeth makes chewing difficult. Eating on only one side of your mouth may cause TMJ soreness/disease.
  6. Gum Disease - Bridges can reduce your risk of gum disease (sound marginal integrity promotes gingival health).

The Process

Dental bridge treatment usually requires two or more visits. Lafayette Dental Arts recommends starting the process by whitening your existing teeth to a desired shade of white (not required). The dental bridge is matched to the color of your existing teeth for a natural appearance.


Next the teeth on both sides of the bridge are prepared by removing a portion of tooth to offset the thickness of the crown or the anchor of the implant is inserted. Once the supporting teeth are prepared, an impression is created. The impression is utilized as the model, which the bridge and crowns/implants are made. Temporary bridge is provided to protect your teeth and gums.

The next visit, the temporary bridge is removed and the permanent bridge is fitted, checked, and adjusted for any bite discrepancies and proper fit. Finally, the new bridge is cemented to your teeth. Good oral hygiene and regular dental visits are required; see dental bridge care for additional information.Lafayette Dental Art will provide you with detailed care instructions at the conclusion of the procedure.


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