St. Paul Family Dentist Explains Benefits of Fixed Bridges

Written by Drs. Mark and Rachel Malterud on Mar 27, 2012

There are many options in dentistry today for missing teeth replacement. A dental bridge is just one such option, and today I’d like to explain the benefits of fixed bridges. A fixed (non-removable) bridge is durable and creates an excellent replacement for missing teeth.

You may already know that the Highland Park St. Paul General Dentist offers several different types of bridges. You’re probably most familiar with a “traditional bridge” which is composed of porcelain fused to metal.  The traditional bridge usually involves two crowns that are placed on two adjacent teeth and are then attached to an artificial tooth (pontic). This creates a “bridge” that fills the gap created by one or more missing teeth.

You and your dentist may decide on a fixed bridge for any of the following reasons:

  • Fill space of missing teeth.
  • Prevent drifting of remaining teeth
  • Restore ability to chew and/or speak clearly
  • Upgrade from a removable partial denture
Placement of a fixed bridge will generally require two or more visits. The two anchoring teeth will be prepared by removing a portion of enamel, allowing room for a crown.  Next, your St. Paul Family Dentist will take an impression of your teeth. This mold is then sent to a dental lab where a custom-fit bridge will be created specifically to fit your teeth and accommodate your bite. You will leave your first appointment with a temporary bridge created by your dentist.

Your second appointment takes place once the permanent bridge has been created. At this point it will be carefully checked and adjusted to make sure it fits properly. The bridge is then permanently cemented.

At the conclusion of this visit you receive instructions on how to properly care for your new permanent bridge. The life of your new bridge will be extended greatly by following proper brushing and flossing techniques and scheduling regular dental visits.