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Porcelain Fixed Bridges

A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.

There are several types of bridges.  You and your dentist will discuss the best options for your particular case.  The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal.  Porcelain fixed bridges are most popular because they resemble your natural teeth.  This type of bridge consists to two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.

Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years, however they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear.

Reasons for a fixed bridge:

  • Fill space of missing teeth.
  • Maintain facial shape.
  • Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
  • Restore chewing and speaking ability.
  • Restore your smile.
  • Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance.

What does getting a fixed bridge involve?

Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits.  While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown.  Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated.  In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for several weeks until your next appointment.

At the second visit, you permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit.  Occasionally your dentist may only temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge.  The new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later time.

You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment.  Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.

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I have known Dr. Robert Java for approximately six years. He is a very professional dentist who really cares about his patients. He has restored my faith in dentistry. I have been to several other dentists in the past that I believe cost me my real teeth. I now have to wear upper and lower dentures. After an examination by Dr. Java, he said there was still suffcient bone structure to go with implants to help secure the lower denutre. It was the best thing I have ever done.

On July 12, 2007, I received implants that attach to the dentures. They didn't hurt at all. The implants made it possible for me to eliminate the need to ever use any denture adhesive again. I was so excited. I have eaten corn on the cob and bitten into apples without any slippage at all, something I haven't been able to do since 1991. I do not even know the implants are there. What a wonderful gift! The implants are also easy to take care of! I thank God for Dr. Java and the new lease on life he has given me.

If I had known of him years ago, I know I would probably still have my real teeth. However, he has made a bad situation so much better. I would recommend Dr. Java for implants and regular dental work. He is a honest, has excellent integrity, and sincerely cares about his patients.

Dr. Java's staff are also excellent and caring. They make you feel like family. They are the best! I believe they would not be there if they were not the best, because Dr. Java demands the best for his patients.

Sincerely, Ms. Grace Jack

I have nothing but good comments about services I receive every six months that I go in for a check-up and cleaning. My dental needs are always taken care of with excellence. Thank you Dr. Java and your team for excellent customer service and outstanding services.

Patricia

I "met" the whole team mainly because I always stop and speak to all of you that I see. Having been a long time patient of the office, going back to Dr. Patch, I have known most of you long enough to see you grow from young adults to mothers. I feel very comfortable when I am in your care --almost as if I am a part of your little "family"--because you are warm, friendly, and laugh at my corny humor. I always speak highly of you all when someone asks me about recommending a Dentist. You are all a great group of professionals.

James

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