Partial Fixed Bridges
There are some different treatment options you can consider when you’re missing teeth. Julie A. Phillips, DDS, MS says that the most reliable option is a partial fixed bridge. This is a permanent solution that won’t only improve your smile, but also prevent future issues from occurring.
What Partial Fixed Bridges Are
Partial fixed bridges are like traditional bridges. The one main difference is that while bridges are supported by dental crowns, partial fixed bridges are supported by an implant. This means that with traditional bridges you must have your surrounding teeth reshaped so they can be capped then used for supporting the restoration.
On the other hand, a partial fixed bridge doesn’t require any of these procedures so your natural teeth are preserved. Instead, an implant is placed for each of your missing teeth. They’re then connected to each other, forming a single piece that’s loaded onto your implants.
These implants are better than traditional implants because there isn’t any pressure placed on the implants that are located by each other. Unfortunately, if you suffer from bruxism (clenching or grinding your teeth), they may easily become loose from your jawbone. Otherwise, the pressure in your mouth is evenly distributed throughout your mouth.
How the Implant Process Works
The entire process begins with an initial consultation in which you’ll receive a comprehensive exam. This will include a review of your complete oral health history, a CT scan, an oral exam, x-rays, and impressions of your gums.
When we deem that you’re a good candidate for this procedure, we’ll schedule you to undergo a minor operation. During this, you’ll receive a local anesthetic and possibly be sedated depending on your anxiety level. We’ll then make a small incision so we can place each implant under your gums, in your jawbone.
You’ll need a second minor surgery in 4-6 months to expose the implants and place a cap (a.k.a. collar) around each of them. When they heal, we’ll put the abutments in place. We’ll take additional impressions so that we can now make your partial fixed bridge. Until it’s ready, you’ll receive a temporary partial fixed bridge that you can wear until we can fit you with your new prosthesis and make sure it fits correctly.
How to Care for Your Partial Fixed Bridge
Cleaning your partial fixed bridge really isn’t any different than cleaning your natural teeth. The only thing you must remember is to clean between it and your gums. Sometimes you may need a special, small brush or type of floss that helps you clean those areas that are hard to reach. Additionally, since partial fixed bridges are made from porcelain, you’ll want to make sure that you use nonabrasive fluoride toothpaste, so you don’t damage them.
You’ll also need a regular check-up every 6 months, and occasionally you’ll also need to visit our office for an adjustment. Otherwise, these are easy to wear and to care for, so if you’re interested in this procedure to make sure you call Julie A. Phillips, DDS, MS at 336-890-8218 today.