Porcelain Fixed Bridges

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Porcelain Fixed Bridges

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There are several types of bridges. You and your dentist 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.

Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular, because they resemble your natural teeth. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.

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, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) 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 several weeks until your next appointment.

At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit. Occasionally your dentist 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.

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.

Meet Our Dentists

Nolan Jangaard, DDS
Nolan Jangaard, DDS Highly-Experienced Dentist
Dr. Jangaard went on to attend USC both for an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and a Doctorate of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.).
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 Joyce Fang Inouye, DDS
Joyce Fang Inouye, DDSHighly-Experienced Dentist
Dr. Inouye graduated from UC Irvine with a major in Biology and received her Doctorate in Dental Surgery at UCLA School of Dentistry.
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Larry Hampsten, DDS
Larry Hampsten, DDSHighly-Experienced Dentist
Dr. Hampsten is a highly-experienced prosthodontist and skilled at providing dental implants, crowns, bridges, dentures and treating TMJ disorder.
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