Fixed dental bridges are used when you are missing multiple teeth and you need to bridge the gap between them. Missing multiple teeth can have effects on your smile and can affect your ability to chew and speak. Fixed bridges can help solve these issues by replacing the missing teeth.
What are the Benefits of Fixed Bridges? – Dr. Claudio Miro
Fixed bridges can solve a variety of issues for people with multiple missing teeth, including:
- Fixed Bridges can restore your smile and maintain the shape of your face. By replacing the missing teeth, you prevent the remaining teeth from shifting and altering the structure of your face.
- Fixed bridges can restore your ability to properly chew. They distribute the forces of your bite properly because all the teeth are now present. This allows you to enjoy foods that may have been restricted due to missing teeth.
Gaps left by missing teeth can result in the surrounding teeth potentially moving and shifting around because of the empty spaces.
- The teeth on either side of the gap will be the “abutment teeth” where the crowns will be placed to anchor the tooth in the gap.
- A replacement tooth, called a pontic, is then attached to the crowns that cover the abutments.
What Are Fixed Bridges Made Of?
Fixed bridges are prosthetic devices that are cemented onto existing teeth or dental implants. Utilizing dental crowns being placed on the remaining teeth or on implants, false teeth are connected between two crowns to fill in a gap caused by missing teeth. Different materials can be used for this, find out which ones are the most popular below!
Porcelain is a widely used material because of its strength and durability. This material can also be sculpted and shaded to mimic natural teeth very closely. This preserves the natural look of your smile and replaces your missing teeth’s functionality as well.
This type of fixed bridge is also referred to as “resin-bonded bridge” and they are made of porcelain, porcelain fused to metal or plastic teeth and gums supported by a metal or porcelain framework. This framework is bonded to the existing teeth and that is how the missing teeth are supported.
The most common metal would be a gold fixed dental bridge. This metal does not blend well with the existing teeth, so this is only for those who are not worried about preserving the look of a natural smile. Gold fixed bridges are very durable and can withstand a lot of wear and tear.
Can You Floss Your Fixed Bridge?
Not only can you, but you should! To maintain and preserve your bridge it is important to prevent the buildup of bacteria by flossing the areas around the bridge and between the bridge as well.
Can You Brush Your Fixed Bridge?
You absolutely can! Brushing normally is actually recommended to maintain and preserve your fixed dental bridge. Ensuring that they remain clean and that bacteria does not have a chance to build up will help increase the longevity of your fixed bridge.
What Kind of Toothpaste Should You Use for Your Bridge?
A normal, non-abrasive toothpaste can be used and should be used. Brushing twice daily is a recommended part of a daily oral health routine and should be continued to prolong the longevity of your fixed dental bridge.