Non-removable tooth replacements include bridges or “fixed partial dentures.” They replace missing teeth by attaching to abutments, which are either natural teeth, dental implants or a combination of the two. Fixed bridges are made by placing crowns on the abutments and fusing the crowns to the tooth replacement (called a pontic). This bridge is then bonded onto the abutments.
The procedure usually takes two appointments to complete. At the first appointment the abutment teeth on either side of the gap are prepared by removing a portion of the enamel and dentin. Since the bridge must be fabricated very precisely to ensure correct fit, accurate impressions of the prepared teeth are taken and sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be constructed. A temporary bridge will be made and temporarily cemented while your permanent bridge is being fabricated; the process takes about two weeks. At your next visit, the bridge is adjusted for fit, the bite refined and the bridge cemented in place.
We can make bridges out of gold, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and porcelain. Please refer to the section about crowns for more detail.