Porcelain Bridges, Are They Right for You?
When a patient has missing teeth, not only can they be embarrassed by their smile, everyday occurrences such as chewing or speaking clearly can become very difficult.
In these situations, a fixed porcelain bridge can be the ideal solution.
A fixed porcelain bridge is a dental prosthetic used to restore missing teeth. It is best for patients that still have some of their natural teeth, as the bridge anchors itself to surrounding teeth (called the abutment teeth).
The bridge is secured to the abutment teeth on either side of the missing tooth or teeth, and a false tooth (called a pontic) goes into space where the tooth is missing efficiently bridging the gap. Fixed bridges look like your natural smile and make it easier for patients to function in their daily lives.
At Aberdeen Dentistry in Boynton Beach Florida, we provide our patients with fixed bridges made out of porcelain for the most realistic and attractive results.
Am I an ideal candidate for porcelain fixed bridge?
A fixed bridge is an excellent treatment choice for almost any patient who is missing a tooth or many teeth, but still, has some natural teeth and is in decent oral health.
Are there various types of dental bridges?
There a few different options for dental bridges: traditional, cantilever, and Maryland bonded. The right kind of bridge for you will depend on which teeth are anchoring the bridge.
What are the benefits of a porcelain fixed bridge?
The difference between partial dentures and a fixed bridge is that a fixed bridge is permanent and dentures are removable.
- Having a fixed bridge eliminates the need for messy denture adhesives and other nuisances such as slipping or discomfort that go along with removable appliances.
- Bridges are easy to care for, requiring brushed just like natural teeth.
- Also, a fixed bridge can improve the patient’s facial structure and increase his or her self-confidence.
How soon can a fixed porcelain bridge be placed?
If your overall oral health is acceptable, you may be able to begin the treatment process as soon as you decide you want to do something about your missing teeth. Making an appointment gives you the chance to learn about all your treatment options and decide whether a bridge is the best course of treatment for you.
How is a porcelain fixed bridge placed?
Getting a fixed bridge will take place over multiple dental appointments and will be discussed during your initial consultation with Dr. Krawatsky.
The first appointment will involve prepping of the abutment teeth, meaning that some of the tooth surfaces from the teeth on either side of the gap will be removed to accommodate the crowns that will go over them.
Impressions are taken and sent off to the lab where the crafting of bridge takes place. During this process, the patient will be given a temporary bridge to wear.
At a later appointment, the patient’s temporary bridge will be removed and replaced with the new bridge. Additional arrangements may be necessary to adjust the bridge to the patient’s liking.
If you are interested in finding out if a fixed bridge is right for you, call us today to schedule your consultation appointment!
Why Aberdeen Dentistry?
When you arrive at our dental practice in Boynton Beach, your complete health is our number one priority. We honestly feel that by selecting us, you have picked the friendliest and most professional dental office in Boynton Beach, Florida and nearby Lake Worth. Dr. Hillary Krawatsky and the entire team at Aberdeen Dentistry are committed to giving you personalized, considerate care that you and your family both want and deserve. At Aberdeen Dentistry, we believe that a healthy body starts with a healthy smile.
For more information about Aberdeen Dentistry or to schedule your next dental appointment, call 561-364-7000 or visit http://www.myboyntondentist.com to request an appointment online.