Porcelain Fixed Bridges
Bridges replace missing teeth with natural artificial teeth. A bridge can be recommended if you are missing on or more teeth. A bridge can alleviate stress on other teeth caused by missing teeth, restore your ability to properly chew and speak, and restore your smile! Porcelain is a durable material that provides the patient with a long-lasting, natural appearance. Unlike some dental materials, porcelain fixed bridges can be sculpted to match the shape of the patient’s natural teeth.
Frequently Asked Questions About Porcelain Fixed Bridges
What happens during the procedure for porcelain fixed bridges at Gallagher Dentistry & Facial Pain Center?
The procedure for porcelain fixed bridges is performed over several appointments. During the first appointment, the teeth on either side of the missing tooth, known as abutment teeth, are prepared for the crowns of the porcelain fixed bridge. Our dentist may administer local anesthesia before shaping the natural teeth. Our dentist removes enamel from the natural teeth. After the natural teeth are shaped, our dentist makes an impression of the teeth. The impression is sent to a lab where porcelain fixed bridge is manufactured.
During the second appointment our dentist checks the fit of the porcelain fixed bridge. The porcelain fixed bridge is temporarily or permanently adhered to the abutment teeth, a third appointment is required for our dentist to permanently adhere the porcelain fixed bridge to the abutment teeth.
When can normal activities resume after the procedure for porcelain fixed bridges?
Typically, patients may resume their normal activities immediately after the procedure for porcelain fixed bridges. If the patient is experiencing numbness from the anesthesia after the appointment, the patient should exercise caution when eating and drinking until the numbness resolves.
Is there any pain associated with the procedure for porcelain fixed bridges?
Some patients experience mild discomfort while our dentist shapes the abutment teeth. Patients who experience discomfort after their porcelain fixed bridges are in place should contact Gallagher Dentistry & Facial Pain Center for follow-up appointments.