Dental affixed bridges are an appropriate way to replace missing teeth. The existing adjacent teeth are used to support the missing tooth or teeth in which adjacent teeth are crowned with the missing tooth connected to the adjacent teeth. Affixed Bridges are made from metal substructures on to which tooth matching porcelain is bonded to. Maryland Bridge can replace a single tooth without the need of crowning adjacent teeth by bonding the missing tooth to the neighboring teeth with metal retainers on tongue side of the adjacent teeth. The missing tooth replaced with an affixed bridge is called a pontic, with the neighboring natural teeth being called abutments which are crowned and connected with the missing pontic tooth.
A temporary acrylic bridge will serve as a functional restorative appliance while the permanent bridge is being fabricated by the dental laboratory. During this time, it will be temporary cemented on the prepared neighboring abutment teeth. Upon insertion of the permanent affixed bridge, the bite will be adjusted as need until the patient can chew on the new appliance comfortably.
Missing teeth should be replaced shortly after extraction to prevent teeth shifting into the missing tooth space. Missing teeth should also be replaced to maintain a optimal bilaterally chewing capacity, which is important for oral and gastro digestion, as well as restoring normal phonetics or speech. Besides the aesthetic disadvantage of missing a tooth, it could also cause structural changes to your mouth and jaw, as well as making it difficult to eat or speak properly. Set up an appointment today to restore your smile.