A fixed bridge is a restoration designed to replace a missing tooth. The fixed Bridge is designed not to be removed from the mouth once it is completed. It is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.
A fixed bridge usually requires two or more appointments. The first appointment is usually the longest. While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth, called abutments, are prepared by reshaping the tooth to allow for crown type restorations. The missing teeth being replaced are called the pontics. Also at the first appointment, an accurate impression is made and a temporary bridge will be fabricated. The second appointment will usually be a few weeks later. At the second appointment the temporary bridge will be removed and your real bridge will be carefully checked and adjusted to achieve a proper fit, and then cemented.
As with all dental restorations, fixed bridges are not permanent and may someday need replacement. They are very durable, and have the potential to last many years. Excellent oral hygiene practices (including daily effective tooth brushing and flossing), eating habits (including decreased sweets), and regular dental visits will positively affect the longevity of your fixed bridge.
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.