What are Fixed Bridges?

A fixed bridge is a dental crown composed of multiple, attached units. It is called a fixed bridge because it provides a tooth-like bridge hanging over the area of the missing tooth, which are connected by dental crowns.
If we do not replace the space provided by the previously extracted tooth, consequences may arise.

Advantages

  • Aesthetics. Dental bridges are made of a variety of material ranging from alloys of porcelain and metal to solid gold. These enhance your appearance and most people choose the ones that look perfectly natural. The cosmetic dentist will give you a choice over the shade and color of your bridge.
  • Speech. Is likely to improve as you will have feeling of teeth again. Dental bridges can be made for multiple missing teeth and last for a number of years.
  • Biting. Dental Bridges are cemented in place so you can chew your food properly without having the trouble to take on/off the fake teeth. Since they function like your natural teeth you can bite anything you want without being concerned over sensitivity.
  • Form. Dental bridges are helpful in preventing other teeth from drifting out of position. They complete the structure and keep all of your teeth where they belong.
  • Hygiene. Dental bridges require strict levels of oral hygiene. If you are lazy about brushing, flossing and regular check-ups, you are likely to end up with serious problems like foul breath and infections due to collection of food debris.
  • Trauma. In case of an accident, you might severely damage your bridge and consequently the gums and other teeth. If so, you might require root canal therapy.
  • Sensitivity. Normally, your teeth will be sensitive for some weeks. In certain cases, it might become a problem and you might end up at the dentist’s clinic more often than imagined.
  • Cement Leakage. Although most dental bridges are held firmly together with either resin or different kinds of adhesives, they might leak and cause more problems. This usually happens when the dental bridge is about to expire. This calls for emergency replacement.
  • Abutments. In preparation of the neighboring teeth as abutments, you will experience a permanent loss. They will have to be cut down to size so that crowns can rest on those. In case your dental bridge fails to perform, you will be left with no choice but to wear crowns on the trimmed teeth and a removable partial denture.

Disadvantages

      • Hygiene. Dental bridges require strict levels of oral hygiene. If you are lazy about brushing, flossing and regular check-ups, you are likely to end up with serious problems like foul breath and infections due to collection of food debris.
      • Trauma. In case of an accident, you might severely damage your bridge and consequently the gums and other teeth. If so, you might require root canal therapy.
      • Sensitivity. Normally, your teeth will be sensitive for some weeks. In certain cases, it might become a problem and you might end up at the dentist’s clinic more often than imagined.
      • Cement Leakage. Although most dental bridges are held firmly together with either resin or different kinds of adhesives, they might leak and cause more problems. This usually happens when the dental bridge is about to expire. This calls for emergency replacement.
      • Abutments. In preparation of the neighboring teeth as abutments, you will experience a permanent loss. They will have to be cut down to size so that crowns can rest on those. In case your dental bridge fails to perform, you will be left with no choice but to wear crowns on the trimmed teeth and a removable partial denture