Porcelain Bridges – What is a porcelain bridge? Is a bridge permanent?
A porcelain or ceramic bridge is a fixed (non-removable) prosthesis used to replace missing tooth/teeth by using adjacent teeth as abutments/anchors. A porcelain bridge is often used in conjunction with dentures and implants to restore a person’s dentition to allow normal chewing and speech functions.
Currently, a dental bridge can be made up of different materials including zirconia, lithium disilicate, porcelain fused to metal, composite and gold alloy. A fixed porcelain bridge cost depends on the type of material used. At Valley Gentle Dental, porcelain bridge is the very popular, because it resembles the colour of your natural teeth. A porcelain or ceramic bridge is very durable and can last for many years. It is recommended that you have your teeth straightened with braces and whitened with teeth whitening prior to making of a porcelain bridge. A small fixed bridge disadvantage is the anchor teeth of the fixed bridge have to be reduced.
Reasons for fixed porcelain bridges:
To replace missing tooth or teeth.
To prevent face from ditching in.
To maintain the original position of adjacent teeth to a space left by missing tooth/teeth.
To restore chewing and speech functions.
To reinvigorate a person’s smile.
To replace or used in conjunction with a partial denture or implant supported prostheses.
What does getting a fixed bridge procedure involve?
At your initial visit, our dentist will take X-ray of your teeth and check to ensure your teeth are suitable to receive a porcelain bridge. Once we establish the suitability of your teeth, several impressions or moulds of your jaws and pictures of your teeth will be taken. Your teeth will then be prepared to a certain specification while under local anaesthetic or sedation and a temporary bridge will be made to protect your teeth. The temporary bridge will be temporarily cemented to your teeth until the permanent bridge returns from the laboratory. Your next visit will be scheduled for the following week.
At your second visit, your temporary bridge will be removed and your new permanent bridge will be tried in to check its colour and fit. Once you are satisfied with the bridge, it will then be carefully cemented on to your teeth.
You will be also be given post operative care instructions. A dental bridge problems include difficulty to clean and inability to floss in between teeth. Proper use of your bridge, good oral hygiene and regular dental visits to your dentist will ensure longevity of your bridge.
What are you waiting for?
So, ring us during office hours on 03-51748338 to book your dental appointment with our Traralgon Dentist. Alternatively you can book your appointment online now – our online appointment system is available 24/7.
How to get to our clinic
From Hungry Jacks Traralgon, travel west along Princes Highway. At Seymour Street, turn right. Our clinic is right next to the old office of Latrobe Valley Express.