A Fixed Prosthesis is an excellent way to replace missing teeth. Often times a prosthesis can make your smile more beautiful. It is also known as a fixed bridge and it is used where teeth are missing. Usually it is anchored onto one or more teeth adjacent to the gap left by the lost teeth. The artificial teeth, custom made at a lab, are suspended in the empty space, creating the look of new teeth.
Unlike removable prostheses a fixed prosthesis cannot be removed by you. It is stable in the mouth and functions in a manner very similar to natural teeth, providing good chewing and the look of healthy teeth. The most common material used in fixed prostheses is porcelain fused to metal, however when a highly cosmetic appearance is desired we can provide cosmetic prostheses in porcelain only.
Fixed Prostheses are very resistant and durable but there may be a need to replace them after a number of years. This will be evaluated by the dentist during your routine check-ups. The main disadvantage of the fixed prosthesis is that it requires the filing down of healthy anchoring teeth. Other treatment options could be adhesive prostheses or removable prostheses.
The use of fixed prostheses does not prevent bone atrophy, as is the case only with implants. Very advanced bone loss may make it impossible to install implants at a later date. Compared to implants, adhesive prostheses have the disadvantage of allowing bone atrophy in the toothless area but they don’t require the filing down of healthy adjacent teeth. Made of porcelain, they are aesthetically pleasing but have very short durability and can soon come loose.
Dental implants are always the best alternative when teeth are lost and fixed prostheses are the next best option. Single Implants and Multiple Implants represent the best possible solution for toothless gaps.