Missing teeth happen for many reasons, including periodontal disease, trauma, and decay. Whatever the reason, a missing tooth leaves a gap in your smile. It may even affect other important areas of your life such as:
Missing teeth can also lead to more gaps as the remaining teeth shift into the empty space over time. Missing teeth also affect the mouth’s ability to chew properly and, as a result, can also lead to TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder. Another potential problem is the upper teeth drifting down in the “edentulous” space in the lower jaw. This happens because a missing tooth is no longer there to create a barrier and prevent the upper teeth from doing this. In addition, further decay can occur if food or debris becomes lodged in or around the empty socket.
If you have one or more missing teeth, there is something that you can do about it. Our professional staff can help you determine if a porcelain fixed bridge is right for you. A porcelain fixed bridge can help you reclaim your smile once more.
A fixed bridge uses two natural teeth on either side of the gap to anchor the pontic or replacement artificial tooth. The bridge itself can have one or more false teeth supported between the anchor teeth. The pontics can be made of different materials including gold, alloys, or porcelain, although sometimes the creation of a pontic can use a combination of materials. It all depends on each individual situation.
Porcelain pontics provide an esthetic quality that is hard to beat. Porcelain pontics have a more natural appearance than gold or alloy. Porcelain is also strong and durable. With proper care, a porcelain fixed bridge can last up to 10 to 15 years, and sometimes longer.
Proper care of a porcelain bridge is easy and essential to the health of your mouth, just as it was with your natural teeth. Brushing and flossing your teeth takes only a few short minutes each day. Proper oral care paired with regular dental checkups can help prevent further damage. It can also catch any new problems before they get out of hand. If you have any questions or concerns, talk to us. We can give you advice and instruction on proper or better techniques and products that can help your bridge and remaining natural teeth last.
Getting fitted for a porcelain fixed bridge takes a couple of visits or more to ensure the best fit possible. The dentist will recontour your abutting teeth to hold the crowns which will anchor the bridge. Once the reshaping is done, your dentist will also need to make impressions of your teeth to serve as a guide for the bridge. You will also receive a temporary bridge to wear while you wait for your permanent bridge.
When the permanent bridge is ready, your dentist will remove the temporary bridge. Before fitting you with your permanent bridge, a few adjustments may be needed. The dentist may adhere the permanent bridge with a temporary dental adhesive to test the fit. After a couple of weeks, once adjusted to the ideal fit, the permanent bridge will be cemented in place.
The cost of a porcelain fixed bridge varies for several reasons. It depends on your location, the type of tooth or teeth needing replacement, how many teeth are being replaced and the material used. Often, dental insurance plans cover a portion of the cost involved. It is best to check with your provider to clarify what you will be responsible for.
Finding an experienced dentist to fit you with a porcelain fixed bridge is easy. Dental Arts of South Jersey can answer all your questions. Our skilled team of professionals can help you determine if a porcelain fixed bridge is right for you.
Give us a call today at (856) 942-1738 to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists.