Partial Fixed Bridge 

An example of a complete fixed bridge

Missing multiple teeth can have a major impact on both your confidence and your ability to do everyday tasks like eating, chewing, and talking. Millions of Americans who are missing more than one tooth are going through the exact same experience, and more and more of them are opting for the permanence and durability of a non-removable partial fixed bridge. Rochester Periodontal and Dental Implants offers these specialty bridges as part of our commitment to bringing the widest range of cutting-edge prosthodontic treatments and restorations.

What Is a Partial Fixed Bridge?

Let us start with what a traditional dental bridge is first. A traditional bridge is a treatment designed to fix a gap left behind by a missing tooth. A crown goes on either side of the gap, and these crowns are used to anchor a replacement tooth. Placing the crowns requires the natural teeth on either side of the gap to be filed down. A partial fixed bridge works differently. Instead of being supported by crowns, it is supported by advanced dental implants, tiny screws that fuse with your living jawbone. This helps distribute the pressure so that when stress is placed on an implant there is a much lower chance of it becoming dislodged from the jaw. 

Is a Partial Fixed Bridge Right for You?

A partial fixed bridge can restore not just the aesthetics of your teeth, but also the function. Even just one missing tooth can cause the shape of your face to begin changing and your other teeth to start drifting out of place. With a bridge, you can speak and eat normally again, without ever feeling any difference compared to your natural teeth. If you already have a removable partial denture or similar appliance, then a partial fixed bridge is a great option to upgrade to. Because they are non-removable, they are designed to be more durable and longer lasting. Unlike dentures, a partial fixed bridge does not wear away at the bone beneath and does not require extensive and specialized cleaning. 

What You Can Expect When Getting a Partial Fixed Bridge Placed

Having a partial fixed bridge placed typically takes multiple visits to our office. During the first visit one of our dental experts will give you a complete exam. This might include x-rays and bone grafts and will involve taking molds of your mouth so that we can fabricate the bridge to seamlessly match the rest of your teeth. Once you are ready to go, you will receive the dental implants necessary to support the bridge. Temporary crowns will be placed over them to both protect the implants while they heal and offer you immediate full use of your mouth. Once your permanent bridge is completed, you can come back and have it placed. 

Refresh and Rejuvenate Your Smile Today!

If you are tired of dealing with an unsightly gap in your teeth or uncomfortable, hard-to-maintain dentures, then a partial fixed bridge could be the right choice for you. If you are interested in how this versatile and powerful dental appliance can help you, then give Rochester Periodontal and Dental Implants a call today at (585) 442-0690!