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Bridges

Permanent Fixed Bridge

A Permanent Bridge replaces one or more missing teeth. A Bridge will:

  • Keep teeth from drifting into the space created from a missing tooth
  • Help preserve normal function and normal bite for the jaw joint

A Permanent Bridge is usually anchored to the teeth on both sides of the space from the missing tooth. This gives the bridge strong support. Dr. Gaba prefers to use non-metal containing bridges in most cases, but will choose the material based on biocompatibility, strength, and aesthetics.

Brushing a bridge is no different than brushing natural teeth, but special flossing instructions are given to keep the bridge and surrounding tissue healthy. Water irrigation devices such as a Waterpik may be recommended to help maintain the supporting teeth.

A Permanent Bridge is permanently bonded in place through one or more tooth that was used as an anchor or a post.

Dr. Gaba needs to emphasize that usually this anchored tooth post (neighboring teeth) will require reduction of the tooth’s natural crown structure (enamel and dentin covering) to facilitate artificial crown coverage and placement in all caps/crowns and permanent fixed bridge works.

Enamel Safeguard Rating : 0 – More than one tooth is having it’s enamel removed.