Fixed partial denture is a kind of treatment that uses a device to fill up the gaps caused by one or two missing teeth. It is a bridge connecting artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth (abutment teeth). Fixed prosthodontics or permanent dentures can be applied either with a crown placed on the abutment teeth or the artificial teeth is attached directly to the abutment teeth. Once placed, it can only be removed by your dentist or a dental surgeon. Fixed partial denture treatment takes two or three appointments to be completed. The dentist first removes the enamel and dentin from the teeth on either side of the gap. Next, impressions of the teeth are taken and sent to the lab for bridge construction. Once the bridge is ready, it is bonded to the natural teeth adjacent to the gap. A false tooth or teeth is put in place of the missing ones. The crowns cemented to the natural teeth extend support to the bridge. Cost of bridges usually ranges from $200 to $2,000 depending on the type of bridge used and other related factors like dentist, the geographic location etc. By covering up the gap caused due to missing teeth not only your aesthetic appearance is improved, but it also works towards improving your speech and eating ability. Additionally, fixed partial denture treatment also prevents any or all kind of serious gum and dental infection.
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