- Dental Implants
- Composite Fillings
- Crowns (Caps)
- Dentures & Partial Dentures
- Fixed Bridges
- Root Canal Therapy
A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.
There are several types of bridges. You and Dr. John Gawlik will discuss the best options for your particular case. The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. Porcelain fixed bridges are most popular because they resemble your natural teeth. This type of bridge consists to two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing 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.
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.
What does getting a fixed bridge involve?
Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits. While the teeth are numb, Dr. John Gawlik will prepare the two anchoring teeth by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made which will be sent to our dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for several 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. Gawlik 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 a later time, once you and Dr. Gawlik are certain the fit is comfortable and functional.
You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.
Contact Lifesmiles Family Dentistry today to schedule a Free and Comprehensive Dental Consultation. We are located in Bloominton, MN. We are centrally located on Penn Avenue South and 494 near Edina, Richfield, Eden Prairie and Minneapolis