Porcelain Fixed Bridges

What are porcelain fixed bridges?

A porcelain fixed bridge is a non-removable appliance that can be a convenient way to restore your smile when you have one or more missing teeth. The bridge gets its name because it literally “bridges the gap” between the remaining teeth.

Porcelain fixed bridges are the most popular because they closely replicate the look and feel of natural teeth. This type of bridge consists of 2 or more anchoring teeth (abutments) with a false tooth (pontic) in between. Zirconia and E-max are the two kinds of porcelain material commonly used for bridges.

Benefits of a porcelain fixed bridge

  • Restore your smile by filling the gap left by missing teeth
  • Support the facial tissues for a youthful look
  • Help prevent the remaining teeth from shifting
  • Help restore the ability to chew and speak naturally
  • Remain in place as you eat, speak and sleep-just like natural teeth
Prepping teeth (abutments) for a bridge
Placing the bridge

How long does the treatment take?

Getting a bridge usually requires two visits.

During the first appointment, the teeth are numbed and a portion of enamel and dentin is removed from the two abutments. Next, a highly accurate image is taken with the intraoral scanner and sent to a dental laboratory. While the permanent fixed bridge is being fabricated at the laboratory (a process that takes 2-3 weeks) a temporary bridge is put in place for your comfort and protection.

During your second visit, your new custom bridge will be carefully inspected and adjusted; it will then be precisely and permanently cemented into place. In order to allow your teeth and gums to get used to the new appliance, your dentist may choose to apply temporary cement, waiting until a subsequent visit to permanently cement the bridge in place.


Your dentist will walk you through the instructions for care of your new bridge. As with natural teeth, proper oral hygiene, good eating habits, and regular dental visits will help maintain the life of your new bridge.

Feel free to contact us contact us if you have any questions about porcelain fixed bridges or to schedule a smile consultation with one of our dentists.