Many people lose teeth to decay, injury, gum disease, and wear. When that happens, the teeth that are lost should be replaced as soon as possible. Missing teeth can have negative health consequences, and gaps in the teeth can affect the aesthetic appearance of the smile. Fixed porcelain bridges are a popular treatment option for replacing missing teeth.
Niloufar Molayem, D.D.S. serves Pasadena and the surrounding area in a holistic dental practice, performing general and cosmetic dentistry procedures, including teeth restoration with fixed bridges. You can rely on Dr. Molayem to provide conservative, integrated treatment, while ensuring your well-being as a whole patient.
Fixed Bridge Procedure
The procedure to place a fixed bridge typically will require two or more office visits to complete. In the first visit, Dr. Molayem will numb your teeth and prepare the anchor teeth by removing a sufficient amount of tooth enamel to allow for a crown. Next, she will take an accurate impression of your teeth as a mold to send to the dental laboratory where your custom bridge will be fabricated. You will be fitted with a temporary bridge to wear until your next office visit, when your new bridge has been received from the lab. Finally, in your second appointment, Dr. Molayem will carefully examine and adjust your bridge and cement it to your teeth for a proper fit.
Fixed Bridge Before and After
Reasons to Have a Fixed Bridge
A fixed porcelain bridge is a useful treatment for replacing missing teeth or teeth that are no longer viable. Porcelain is a durable material that can be sculpted to look like natural tooth enamel. A porcelain bridge can be used to not only replace missing teeth, but also improve on their original appearance, for a more aesthetically pleasing smile.
If you are missing teeth, a fixed bridge may be a good treatment option to:
- Fill in the gaps in your smile
- Provide support needed to maintain your facial structure
- Prevent your remaining teeth from drifting
- Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a fixed appliance
- Restore normal chewing and speaking ability
- Give you back your smile
Fixed Bridges in Pasadena
Pasadena dentist Niloufar Molayem, D.D.S. and her entire dental team are committed to providing the highest quality care in a safe and friendly environment. If you have missing teeth or non-viable teeth that will need to be extracted, schedule a consultation with Dr. Molayem to find out if a fixed bridge is the recommended treatment for you.