A fixed partial denture, also known as a “bridge” is used to fill in spans, or gaps, caused by one or more missing teeth. Cemented to the teeth on either side of the span, or the abutment teeth, fixed dental bridges are not removable by patients.
Aside from filling in spans, these dentures can be helpful in improving chewing abilities and speech. They may also be able to correct altered bites. Since the bridge prevents facial structure collapse, and delays age lines and wrinkles that typically occur when facial structures begin to fall. Regular brushing, flossing and dental visits are important to ensure longevity of your bridge. In addition to these common measures, a dentist may require a patient to use floss threaders in order to remove bacteria around the bridge and gums more accurately.