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Fixed Bridges

A Stable Solution that Renews Your Smile

Four smiling people outdoorsYour teeth work in unison to maintain their position and overall functionality. Therefore, when any of them are absent, it affects the entire set. For situations where three or more teeth are missing consecutively, Dr. Beliveau has the perfect solution: the placement of a fixed bridge. Not only will it restore your functionality, but it will also leave you with a beautiful smile.

What is a Fixed Bridge?

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A fixed bridge is a relatively fast yet effective solution to the loss of three or more consecutive teeth. The procedure, which typically takes only a few weeks to complete, consists of the placement of a single fixture that holds three or more tooth-colored porcelain crowns.

It’s held in place by the adjacent teeth acting as abutments (anchors). To prepare them, Dr. Beliveau will remove a thin layer of enamel to ensure the best fit. Then using dental cement, the bridge will be secured in place.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Fixed Bridge?

Porcelain fixed dental bridge appliance

The fixed bridge option is especially attractive to patients who’re looking for a non-invasive form of restoration, and it also accommodates those who’ve suffered from bone degeneration due to prolonged tooth loss.

The path to having your missing teeth restored starts by visiting your dentist in North Andover for an examination and consultation. While you’re there, the dental bridge procedure will be explained in detail so you can make an educated decision.

What are the Benefits of Fixed Bridges?

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Dental bridges in North Andover yield immediate results. Here are some of the advantages you’ll notice:

  • You’ll once again be able to eat many of the foods you love.
  • The unwanted effects of shifting and bone degeneration can be prevented.
  • You won’t have to worry about your facial structure collapsing, which can leave you looking older.
  • You can expect greater confidence with your missing teeth being restored in an aesthetically-pleasing manner.

How do I Care for a Fixed Bridge?

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The maintenance of your fixed bridge is relatively simple. A basic rule of thumb is to practice the same care and caution that you would with your existing teeth. That means you should be brushing and flossing at least two times a day to prevent the growth of bacteria that could compromise your new bridge.

You should also avoid chewing ice, biting your fingernails or attempting to open packages using your teeth. The result can be a damaged fixture, and it can also lead to a dental emergency.

Another issue that can be problematic is teeth grinding, which is referred to as bruxism. The uneven distribution of tension can cause your bridge to prematurely fail. If you suspect you have this condition, then it’s a good idea to bring it to Dr. Beliveau’s attention before your new bridge is placed.

You’ll also want to stay away from brittle foods and hard candy, and your teeth should never be used as tools. So instead of trying to pry a package open with your teeth, take the safe route and grab an object better suited for the job.

By receiving a fixed bridge from Dr. Beliveau and adhering to the above guidelines, you can enjoy your beautifully restored smile for years to come. Contact our office to schedule a visit today!