A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.
There are several types of bridges. The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. A better choice is to have porcelain fixed bridges because they resemble your natural teeth.
Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years, however they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear or lack of proper home care.
Reasons for a fixed bridge:
Fill space of missing teeth.
Maintain facial shape.
Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
Restore chewing and speaking ability.
Restore your smile.
Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance.
Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits. While the teeth are numb, the anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, a highly accurate impression is made 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 one or two weeks until your next appointment.
At the second visit, you permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit. Occasionally, Dr. Bridges may only temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge. The new bridge will be permanently cemented at this or at a later time.
Stick Tech bridge (adheesive technique) is basically similar to a Maryland bridge, but instead of having metal wings that can attach it to the back surface of the teeth, they have composite covered wings with give the bridge a more natural tooth appearance.
Some people prefer stick tech bridges as they are the less invasive then other bridges, as the surrounding teeth require little or no preparation.