Porcelain fixed bridges bond to your teeth and are designed to replace teeth that are missing. This dental implant is securely attached and very durable, giving you the strength you once had with your natural teeth. In addition, these fixed bridges are color-matched and fashioned so as to give you an attractive and natural looking smile.
There are several reasons why a fixed bridge may become necessary. You may have missing or damaged teeth or your teeth may be migrating out of their original position. It may be an upgrade from a removable partial denture. And they may be used to help improve your bite as well as speech.
Why is porcelain superior?
When it come to fixed bridges, you have several options for the design and material, each with their own benefits depending on your needs. Porcelain fixed bridges are tooth-colored and bonded to metal. This combination is often the best choice for both form and function. The porcelain material is very durable and protects against chipping as well as staining. We recommend speaking with our West Palm Beach office to go over which material may be best suited to your particular situation.
What to expect during and after the procedure
Patients can expect the installation of their porcelain fixed bridge to take, on average, two visits. Your first visit will include a thorough cleaning and removal of any decay or debris. The teeth that will receive the anchor crowns will be prepared by shaving away some of the enamel. Dr. Moorhouse will make an impression of your teeth and a temporary bridge will be fitted while the impression is used to fabricate your custom designed fixed bridge. The fabrication process typically takes about two to three weeks.
During your second visit, Dr. Moorhouse will again clean the area and secure the fixed bridge in place. After adjusting the porcelain fixed bridge, your bite will be tested for strength and comfort. The fixed bridge may first be temporarily bonded if your teeth and gums need time to adapt.
How to care for your porcelain fixed bridges
As mentioned, the porcelain is resistant to chips and stains, however it is still important to maintain proper oral hygiene and eating habits. Regular check-ups will keep your fixed bridge in the best possible condition. Porcelain fixed bridges have an average life of around 10 years, but can last longer as well. Our West Palm Beach office will discuss proper care with you and answer any questions you may have.
Please give us a call at our West Palm Beach office to set up a consultation or appointment or if you have any questions.