fpd crown bridge

Dental bridges or Fixed Partial Dentures (FPD) are one of the traditional methods of restoring one or more missing teeth. They “bridge” the gap of a missing tooth with three artificial crowns that are placed side-by-side. The crown in the middle replaces the missing tooth and the two outer crowns are anchored to your healthy natural teeth, one on each side.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Bridges or Tooth Bridges?

Dental bridges are highly effective at improving your smile and improving the function of your teeth:

  • They restore natural speech and chewing functionality.
  • Bridges stop your healthy teeth from drifting around in your mouth and becoming loose
  • They don’t move around like dentures do because they are permanently attached to your teeth, making them more comfortable.
What to expect from a dental bridge procedure?

The teeth and gums on each side of the gap need to be healthy to support the bridge structure. Your dentist can discuss other replacement options if a bridge is not the best choice for you.

Once you have decided on a dental bridge treatment, you will likely schedule two appointments to have your bridge placed.

In the first appointment, the dentist will use a local anaesthetic to numb the areas surrounding the missing tooth and the two healthy teeth surrounding it so you don’t feel pain during the procedure.

Next, the healthy teeth will be resized so that the crowns have enough space to be placed on the teeth and are not larger than your other healthy teeth. Then the dentist will take an impression of these teeth and send it to a laboratory where your custom-fitted bridge will be fabricated. A temporary bridge will be placed over the teeth so that the reshaped teeth are protected until the permanent bridge is in place.

On your next visit, the dentist will remove the temporary bridge and permanently fix the dental bridge onto your teeth. The dentist will make any adjustments needed to properly fit the bridge in your mouth so it looks and feels natural.

How long can a Fixed partial denture or tooth bridge last?

If you maintain impeccable oral hygiene, which includes daily brushing, flossing, and regular dental hygiene checkups, it can last for a lifetime.