What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a single appliance that is generally attached to two teeth on each side of the space where a tooth is missing. A bridge covers the tooth and restores it to its original shape and size.
Dental Bridge Procedure
An artificial tooth attached in the middle of the bridge fills in the gap where the missing tooth was. The teeth on either side of the gap are prepared and decay is removed. Then with modern technology, the teeth can be scanned and sent to our in-office milling machines which create beautiful, ceramic works of art. The bridge is then bonded onto the prepared surfaces of the teeth the same day to restore your smile.
Dental Bridge Advantages
Unlike dentures, a fixed bridge is never removed. It is stable in the mouth and works very similar to natural teeth. By filling the gap and stopping the movement of other teeth, a fixed bridge is an excellent investment, providing better chewing ability, heading off jaw joint problems and saving money that might otherwise be spent on future dental treatment.
Dental Bridge Disadvantages
Fixed bridges are excellent restorations and have few disadvantages. They are highly durable, but they will eventually need to be re-cemented or replaced due to normal wear.
Dental Bridge Maintenance
Patients should care for their bridges in the same way that they would care for their natural teeth. Our patients should thoroughly brush and floss around the bridge as well as the surrounding teeth. Doing this will prevent the build-up of bacteria and plaque on the teeth and gums
How Long do Bridges Last?
Dental bridges can last between 5 and 15 years. With regular check-ups and good oral hygiene, dental bridges can last beyond 15 years.
Dental Bridge Alternatives
In the event that the use of a fixed bridge is not feasible, the best alternative is a dental implant. A resin-bonded bridge may be used in some instances. In this case, the two teeth on each side of the gap are not prepared for crowns. Instead, the bridge consists of a false tooth with metal brackets on the back of each side of the gap. The brackets are attached to the backs of the real teeth on each side.