Fixed Bridges in Chesterton and Valparaiso, IN
If you’ve lost teeth due to accident, injury, or gum disease, we can create a permanent ‘bridge’ appliance to replace the missing teeth. Not only does a bridge fill the missing space, thereby preventing repositioning of remaining teeth, but it also corrects an altered bite, improves chewing ability and speech articulation, and supports facial structures to preserve your appearance.
A Stable Solution That Renews Your Smile
So what’s a fixed bridge actually like? Well, the restoration is permanently joined onto the neighboring ‘abutment’ teeth on either side of the toothless area and consists of three basic units: the false tooth or teeth (called a pontic) and two abutment teeth crowns. The most appropriate style depends on the strength and health of those neighboring teeth, as well as the location of the toothless span in relation to the rest of your dentition. If healthy adjacent ‘anchor’ teeth aren’t available, a surgically-implanted metal post or dental ‘implant’ may be an alternate choice. And finally, for a large span of missing teeth, a removable partial denture or implant-supported prosthesis may be our recommendation. In any case, with proper care, your fixed bridge may last at least 8-10 years.