Fixed bridgework is one option for replacing missing teeth. Just as a bridge is used to span a river or open space and is attached to a solid surface at both ends, dental bridgework is attached to the teeth on either side of an open space and spans that space with artificial teeth.
The bridgework is called “fixed” because it is permanently attached to the teeth.
Bridgework can be made of cast gold, titanium, or other metals, but today most bridgework is made from either custom porcelain with a precious metal framework underneath for strength or natural looking alternatives such as E-Max or zirconia, which provide a good combination of strength and aesthetics.
As with any restorative procedure, bridgework is undertaken only after planning and consultation. Your dentist can explain the various options and recommend the best materials for your needs.
The process of getting fixed bridgework can be broken down into these general steps:
The teeth adjacent to the missing tooth are shaved down by about a millimetre and a very accurate model of the area is taken with a rubber-like material.
Temporary plastic covers are made to protect the smoothed teeth for the week or two that it takes for the laboratory to construct the permanent bridge.
The model of your mouth is used to construct a solid, one-piece, custom dental prosthesis that will cap or cover over each shaved tooth and replace the missing tooth or teeth.
At your next visit, the temporary plastic covers are removed and the bridgework is placed. Any minor adjustments needed to ensure optimal fit, function, and appearance are made, and the bridgework is then cemented or bonded onto the teeth.
Contact Affinity Dental Sherwood Park today for more information about fixed bridgework or other tooth replacement options.