About Fixed bridge
When you lose a tooth, it is important to replace it as soon as possible with a false tooth (or artificial tooth). This will avoid the displacement of the surrounding teeth and fix the hole in your smile. The traditional solution to this problem is a dental bridge that is permanently attached to neighboring healthy teeth.
Procedure for a traditional fixed bridge
- The dentist files the 2 teeth adjacent to the missing tooth. These will become the pillars of the bridge.
- The replacement tooth and the two pillar crowns are custom-made in the laboratory as one piece.
- The dentist cements the bridge permanently on the 2 pillars.
A traditional bridge should last about 10 years if you take good care of it. Your dentist will show you how to use a floss threader to pass the floss around the artificial tooth in the center of the bridge.
Implant-supported crown – an alternative after losing a single tooth
If you have lost a single tooth, an implant-supported crown is often a better long-term solution than a fixed traditionnal bridge. This solution is a little more expensive initially but usually has a longer life than the traditional bridge. This solution also avoids damaging the two healthy teeth that are used as bridge pillars.
If you have lost more than one tooth, an alternative to the traditional bridge is an implant-supported bridge. This solution uses implants as pillars, rather than using the healthy teeth adjacent to the lost teeth.