DENTAL BRIDGES (FIXED PARTIAL DENTURE)
One or more missing teeth in the mouth can be restored to natural form, color and function with a Bridge or Fixed Partial Denture (FPD). A bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap — these two anchoring teeth are called Abutment Teeth — and a false tooth/teeth in
between which is called a Pontics and are made from highly resilient, tissue friendly metal-ceramic,
all ceramic (porcelain), or zirconia. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.
They are designed to adequately distribute the biting, chewing or grinding forces and restore your teeth to their natural ability, form and appearance. The Crown and Bridge in the front teeth can replace one or more missing teeth with fixed replacements and restore your natural smile beautifully.
What Is the Process for Getting a Crown or a Dental Bridge?
During the first visit for getting a dental bridge, the abutment teeth are prepared. Preparation involves re-contouring these teeth by removing a portion of enamel to allow room for a crown to be placed over them. Then, an impressions of the teeth are made, which serve as a model from which the bridge, pontic, and crowns will be made by a dental lab. The dentist then will make a temporary bridge to wear to protect the exposed teeth and gums while the bridge is being fabricated at the Dental laboratory.
During the second visit, your temporary bridge will be removed and the new permanent bridge will be checked and adjusted, as necessary, to achieve a proper fit. If the dental bridge is a fixed, well seated and you are happy from the shape, contour and color, then the dentist will permanently cemented into its place.
Maintaining Your Fixed Prosthetics
As is true with your natural teeth and especially with teeth that have been restored with any dental material, you should avoid chewing on excessively hard or sticky foods after the crowns have been cemented. The porcelain material can fracture from the metal substructure under extreme forces. Anything you chew that could break a natural tooth could break a crown!
Be sure to brush and floss daily as instructed. Please be sure to return for your regular examinations and prophylaxis (cleaning) appointments at the time intervals we suggest.
After observing these types of procedures for many years, we note that the gingiva (gums) can recede from the crown margins and the surrounding tooth structure may become visible. This recession usually takes place over a period of several years and may require restoration replacements with crowns & bridges or a periodontal surgery procedure to correct it.
We expect that you will receive many years of service from the cast restoration.
When you book an appointment with Dr Yousif, he will be able to discuss your options and will explain to you, in deep details , what will be good and work for you to serve you as long time as possible.