A fixed bridge is your most effective option if several of your teeth are missing or need to be pulled. Dr. Moorhouse at our West Palm Beach office will first install dental implants which will stand in for your tooth root. The fixed bridge will then be anchored to these implants keeping them strong and stable. For those missing several teeth, this procedure can have a profound effect on your quality of life, giving you the ability to eat what you like, have confidence in your appearance, and rest easy knowing it will last a long time.
How a fixed bridge replacement compares to other options
There are a few options if you need to replace several missing teeth but the fixed bridge replacement is superior in appearance, durability, and performance. As the name suggests, the fixed bridge replacement is fixed in place and will not move or shift. This allows you to speak and eat identically to how you would with your natural teeth. Bone loss is a risk when teeth are missing and a fixed bridge prevents this.
A removable partial denture is the lowest costing alternative and is a simple process. However, patients can experience pain and speech disturbances because the denture is not as secure as the fixed bridge. In addition, the partial denture requires more after care than a fixed bridge. In contrast, a fixed bridge replacement does not move when eating or speaking, is pain free, and will last a long time without any more care than natural teeth require.
What to expect during your fixed bridge replacement procedure
The full procedure to install a fixed bridge replacement at our West Palm Beach Dentist office may take a few visits in order to fully complete. An examination of your teeth and gums will first be performed by Dr. Moorhouse. The area will be cleaned and prepared.
Before the fixed bridge can be attached, the dental implants will first be installed. With this procedure, the dental implants can often be placed in just one appointment. Your bone needs time to fuse to the implant before the fixed bridge can be anchored to them. During this time your new custom-made bridge will be fabricated. While you wait for your new bridge to be made, a temporary bridge can be provided.
Your replacement teeth will be custom-made to fit your mouth and color-matched to your existing teeth. This will provide a high quality appearance that is nearly indistinguishable from natural teeth. Your fixed bridge replacement will be attached to the anchoring dental implants once it has been fabricated. Some tenderness can be expected but should subside quickly.
How to care for your new fixed bridge replacement
Because the fixed bridge replacement behaves just like your natural teeth, you will care for them similarly. The teeth are very durable and strong, but continuing to practice good oral care, including regular brushing and flossing, is vital. We recommend setting up regular check-ups and cleanings with Dr. Moorhouse at our West Palm Beach Dentist office in order to keep your natural and replacement teeth clean and healthy.