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Porcelain Bridges

Porcelain Bridges

Bridges restore a smile.  They are a cosmetic solution to missing or discolored, crooked or chipped teeth.  They are called bridges because they bridge a gap between two crowns which are anchored to your natural teeth or to implants on both ends of the bridge.  At Amazing Smiles we make sure you understand your choices for the type and color and durability of the bridge that is best for you.

Porcelain was invented over a thousand years ago.  It is one of the best and most widely used materials in dentistry for replacing or improving teeth.  It is very hard, very white, and retains its whiteness, resisting stains of all kinds.  It is non-porous, brilliant, retains its shape and doesn't break, chip or crack easily.  It also does not heat up quickly.  All of these characteristics make porcelain perfect to use for carefully manufactured teeth or bridges inside the mouth.  These can last up to ten years and longer.

Porcelain is a ceramic made of certain types of clay and minerals such as quartz and alabaster.  It is formed and heated to over a thousand degrees, and it can be fused with different kinds of metals for strength and durability.  When a porcelain tooth is made, metal is often used as a surface to anchor the porcelain to, since metal has a kind of strength that works well as a base or a backing.  The most common metal for bridges is gold.

At Amazing Smiles we help you choose the color and materials carefully, before the porcelain bridge is made.  We work together looking at a scale of shades of white.  The metal used to fuse with the porcelain is also an important part of the decision.  Some metals will show slightly with translucent porcelain.  Some metals used are pure white, these are modern materials like Lava White which is a ceramic mixed with zirconium and fired at high temperatures.

The process involves preparing the teeth where the bridge will go, by filing the teeth, making crowns, and sometimes extracting teeth.  Molds are made of the teeth and temporary bridges are made while the permanent bridges are being made.  It usually takes two to three weeks to finish a bridge.  The results are worth the wait!

Let Amazing Smiles examine your restoration possibilities and discuss the important options with you, so your smile
will be beautiful and healthy for many years to come.



 

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