Providing Porcelain Fixed Bridges for Fort Smith
Porcelain fixed bridges are permanent dental appliances meant to replace missing teeth and prevent any further damage to the mouth. When applied properly, Porcelain Fixed Bridges can help to maintain facial shape, restore chewing and speaking ability, improve your smile, and keep remaining teeth from shifting out of position. Because Porcelain Fixed Bridges are intended to be permanent and non-removable, they are highly durable and will last for several years, although they may require periodic maintenance much like regular teeth due to normal wear and tear.
There are several types of Porcelain Fixed Bridges available, and the type of bridge you may require will depend on your personal needs and the extent of the damage of your teeth, gums and jaw. Traditional Porcelain Fixed Bridges are made from porcelain fused to metal. This remains the most popular and most common type of fixed bridge available, and attaches to two crowns placed over anchor teeth. The bridge then attaches to artificial teeth to fill any gaps left by missing teeth.
The process of receiving Porcelain Fixed Bridges usually involves two separate appointments. At the first appointment, the two anchoring permanent teeth are numbed and prepared to receive crowns. This involves removing a small portion of enamel and taking highly accurate molds of the teeth from which the crowns will be made. A temporary bridge will be put in place while the crowns and permanent bridge are being formed. The second appointment generally takes place several weeks after the first. The crowns are cemented into place, and the bridge will be cemented to the crowns. A temporary bridge will be put in place to allow the patient to get used to having bridge work. In these cases, the permanent bridge is put into place at a later time. Once the permanent bridge is in place, Dr. Lopez will give you instructions on how to best care for your teeth and maintain your new permanent bridge.
For more information on Porcelain Fixed Bridges or the other services offered by New Smile Dental to patients in Fort Smith and Van Buren, AR, please call our friendly team.