What are Dental Bridges?
A bridge is a fixed replacement for a missing tooth or teeth created by joining an artificial tooth with adjacent teeth or dental implants.
What is the difference between a bridge and dentures?
Unlike dentures, a bridge is permanently fixed in your mouth. While dentures are used to replace missing teeth, dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants. Bridges are usually created from a combination of precious metal (golds, alloys, etc.) and porcelain but in some situations may be engineered from porcelain only.
When should I consider getting a bridge?
If you’re missing one or more teeth, then a bridge may be an option for you. A missing tooth can not only erode your confidence, it may also interfere with chewing, eating, speaking and can damage your smile over time. The empty space may cause the rest of your teeth to rotate or shift into the gaps resulting in a bad bite. There is also a possibility of developing gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders (TMD).
What are the benefits of dental bridges?
Some benefits are:
How many visits can I expect?
Installing bridges will require a minimum of 2 to 3 office visits.
How do I maintain my dental bridges? How long do they last?
While bridges & crowns can last a lifetime, they require maintenance through proper oral hygiene. Keeping your gums and teeth healthy through regular brushing with fluoride toothpaste after meals, flossing, and visiting your dentist and hygienist regularly are all habits required for long lasting bridges. A bridge can lose support if you don’t take good care of it, or if the teeth or bone holding it in place are damaged.
What types of dental bridges are there?
Types of Dental Bridges include: