Fixed Bridges Q & A
What are fixed bridges?
Fixed bridges are custom-made dental devices to replace more than one missing tooth. Unlike dentures, they are fixed into position and cannot be removed. They are a durable and lasting option, but unlike dental implants, they are not a permanent solution. Over time, your bridge may need to be repaired or replaced.
How is a fixed bridge held into place?
There are two approaches to anchoring bridges into place: traditional and cantilever.
This approach uses false teeth, called pontics, anchored on either side by crowns placed onto the adjacent teeth. This technique offers a strong base for the bridge.
In some cases, there may not be a tooth immediately adjacent to the missing teeth. Or, the adjacent teeth might already have a crown in place. In such circumstances, Dr. Steier can create a cantilever bridge that’s only anchored using a crown on one side.
During your consultation, Dr. Steier discusses all available options, helping you choose the treatment path that’s right for you.
Do fixed bridges offer a good fit?
It takes several appointments before your bridgework is complete. During the initial visit, Dr. Steier addresses any decay or gum disease issues that could affect your bridgework. She takes impressions that provide the dental lab with the precise measurements needed to create custom pontics (false teeth) and crowns.
Choosing a prosthodontist with a high level of skill and experience is critical to achieving a positive outcome. Dr. Steier takes the time to check for proper fit before securing your bridge in place. If that means making minor adjustments or sending the bridge back to the lab for alteration, then that’s the path she takes.
What foods can I eat with a fixed bridge?
Once your bridge is in place, you’ll find that eating becomes far more enjoyable. You should choose softer foods for the first couple of weeks to give your gum tissue a chance to heal and adjust to the bridge. After that, you can eat all of your favorite foods, and you might rediscover foods that you’ve avoided for years.
Schedule an appointment to come in and meet Dr. Steier and her excellent support staff so you can explore fixed bridges and other replacement options. There’s no time like today to begin a path toward a restored smile.