Reasons for a fixed bridge:
- Fill space of missing teeth.
- Maintain facial shape.
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
- Restore chewing and speaking ability.
- Restore your smile.
- Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance.
What does getting a fixed bridge involve?
Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits. While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for several weeks until your next appointment.
At the second visit, you permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit. Occasionally your dentist may only temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge. The new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later time.
You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of the procedure. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.
– The advantage for the bridge comparing to the removable appliance is that it is fixed, stable, and feels like your own teeth. In most cases it can be made to look like you never had a tooth missing.
– The disadvantage is that you have to treat two teeth besides the one that you extracted.
Now if those teeth are already with big fillings and caries than it is a good choice to cover them with a crown to protect them, but if they are healthy teeth with a small filling, there may be a choice (depending on the position of the teeth) which only a dentist can suggest.
That would be an inlay bridge where just a little portion of your tooth is prepared keeping the rest of it untouched. This is done to spare the tooth because the person will need it for a long time and who knows when he will need it for a full crown.