A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is a reliable option when replacing missing teeth.
A bridge is a custom-made permanent replacement for a missing tooth. Crowns are placed on either side of the open space and a pontic (fake tooth) is fabricated between the crowns and fills the open space of the missing tooth.
There are several types of bridges. You and your dentist will discuss the best options for your particular needs and situation. The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal for durability and a natural appearance.
Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years with proper care.
Reasons for Bridges
- ✱ Fill space of missing teeth.
- ✱ Maintain facial shape.
- ✱ Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
- ✱ Restore chewing and speaking ability.
- ✱ Restore your smile.
- ✱ Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance.
What Does the Dental Bridge Procedure Involve?
A dental bridge can be prescribed to fill the space of missing teeth.
The two teeth on either side of the missing tooth or teeth will be prepared by removing a portion of the tooth structure.
A custom-made bridge will be fabricated and cemented to the prepared teeth.
Dental bridges can last many years with proper care.
We use these products for this type of treatment:
Caring For Your Dental Bridge
It is important to maintain and properly care for your dental bridge for a long-lasting restoration. Below are some helpful tips to help take care of your smile:
- ◆ Manage a healthy diet by limiting sugar and carbonated drinks.
- ◆ Brush and floss your teeth daily (twice a day, two minutes each time). Always clean thoroughly between your teeth and around the dental bridge.
- ◆ Be sure to see your dentist regularly for clinical hygiene and preventive care appointments.
Dental Bridge FAQ’s
Are Dental Bridges Permanent?
Yes. With proper care, dental bridges can last 10 to 20 years.
Can A Dental Bridge Be Done In One Day?
No. A simple dental bridge usually requires at least 2 appointments. If the case is more complex, it will require more time.
Can A Dentist Fix A Loose Bridge?
Yes. Most times we can remove the dental bridge, thoroughly clean it, and securely re-cement the bridge back into place. Occasionally, a patient may fracture their dental bridge and a new bridge has to be made.