Porcelain Fixed Bridges
Discover Powerful Smile Transformations with Dental Bridges
Join countless other patients who have experienced improved chewing and aesthetic appearance by restoring their smiles with dental bridges! Discover a transformation that will have you smiling more than you have in years; if you are missing teeth, you may be an ideal candidate for a bridge. Dr. Middelhof and Dr. Guzman are leading experts in all types of customized dental bridges, and have helped our patients realize a whole new outlook on life with their smile transformation expertise.
If you are missing a tooth (or several teeth), you may experience shifting in the position of your remaining teeth, suffer with difficulty chewing and speaking, and have an undesirable sunken facial appearance. Dentists note that missing teeth can eventually lead to jaw and joint problems that are painful and costly to treat. Don’t wait another day to transform your life and your smile with a dental bridge!
What is a Bridge?
Our dentist, together with our in-house lab, makes porcelain fixed bridges to improve chewing and aesthetic appearance that will restore your smile with a more permanent solution than dentures. Bridges replace missing teeth with artificial teeth. This bridge is a false tooth that bridges a gap created by a missing tooth or teeth. Two surrounding teeth are used as anchors; usually, porcelain crowns are placed over the surrounding teeth. The new false tooth, referred to as a Pontic, is set between those crowns.
Types of Dental Bridges
There are three types of dental bridges that are commonly used to restore the vibrant smiles of our patients:
- Traditional fixed bridge: This is the most common type of dental bridge; porcelain crowns are placed over the surrounding teeth on either side of a gap. These crowns are used as anchors to hold the false tooth in place. The false tooth is usually made of either porcelain fused to metal or ceramics.
- Cantilever bridge: A cantilever bridge is used when teeth are present on only one side of the gap. These are used typically in areas of the mouth that do not have to tolerate an intense chewing load, such as your front teeth.
- Resin-bonded bridge: With a resin-bonded bridge, metal bands are bonded to the surrounding teeth with resin and used to hold a false tooth in place. This type of bridge is typically used in areas of the mouth that undergo less stress, such as the front teeth.
- Implant-supported bridge: Similar to a traditional fixed bridge, with the exception of being anchored and supported on each side by implants, rather than by natural teeth.
The Process: Amazing Transformations with Dental Bridges
Dr. Middelhof will take a mold of the gap where a tooth is missing, and then our in-house lab will prepare a customized bridge, designed specially to fit your mouth. Before inserting the bridge, our dentist prepares the surrounding teeth for crowns to be placed over them. The bridge is set into place and the artificial tooth is securely cemented to the adjacent teeth, restoring the attractive natural appearance and functionality of the tooth that was lost. If our dentist recommends a resin-bonded bridge, the artificial tooth is secured by means of a metal appliance that attaches to the backs of adjacent teeth.
FAQ: Dental Bridges in Plantation
- How many visits does it take to get a bridge?
Unlike other dentists in Plantation, FL who may require several visits to complete the process, our patients complete treatment in only two visits. The first visit entails you discussing the best options with us, preparing the teeth and taking an impression. The second visit is when we cement the bridge.
- How much do dental bridges cost?
A bridge can cost between $900 and $2,700, depending on the type of bridge, the number of missing teeth, and other factors. We offer high-quality bridges at a very competitive price; take advantage of our free consultation to determine the cost of your bridge.
- How long do dental bridges last?
With proper care, your bridge should last almost indefinitely, and should never have to be replaced. Your bridgework should last a lifetime; however, the main factor that determines whether or not your bridge will last 30+ years is practicing good oral hygiene. Injuries to the mouth can also compromise your bridge; if you notice your bridge is broken in any way, make an appointment right away to see us.
- Can I repair my broken bridge with super glue?
You should never repair your bridge, partials, or any other dental work with crazy glue or super glue. The main reason is that these substances can cause toxins to enter your body and be released into the blood stream, and they can also cause severe allergic reactions. The glue can leech deep into your gum tissues, and can also cause rapid deterioration of your bridgework. It is always best to contact us in the event of a broken bridge.
- Am I a good candidate for a dental bridge?
Typically, a good candidate for a bridge is one who has two strong and healthy teeth with a strong root on both sides of a missing tooth area. A patient who has problems with those teeth, such as those who may require a procedure like a root canal in the future, are usually not ideal candidates for bridges because the teeth can lose their strength, become infected, or become damaged over time. However, if you do not have healthy teeth near the area of a missing tooth, you may be a great candidate for dental implants or an implant-supported bridge. The best way to see if you’re a candidate for either type of bridge is to come in for a free consultation. We have an in-house lab to perform the whole process quickly and with complete control.
- What are alternatives to dental bridges?
Patients who are missing teeth often choose to go with dental implants, the standard of care today for replacing missing teeth. Enchanting Dentistry can give you a single-tooth implant, restore several missing teeth, or replace all of your teeth! Although dental implants cost more than bridges, the benefits are significantly greater. Healthy teeth that are nearby will not need to be modified, and bridges typically do not need to be replaced.
Don’t let your smile suffer from missing teeth any longer! Contact us today to set up an appointment with Dr. Middelhof or Dr. Nestor E. Guzman. Dr. Middelhof is a member of the International Dental Implants Association, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and the Academy of General Dentistry.
Don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss any aspect of your dental health – we don’t charge for giving advice!