A dental bridge is a natural-looking tooth replacement option commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. Bridges help prevent the teeth on either side of your gap from shifting out of position which can lead to other oral health complications.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is a natural-looking prosthetic tooth device that can replace a single tooth or a row of teeth that have been lost. In order to place and secure a dental bridge, the teeth on either side of the gap are used as anchor posts with the prosthetic tooth or teeth suspended in-between – hence the term “bridging the gap”.
How are dental bridges made and fitted?
Dental bridges are made of a prosthetic porcelain tooth (or teeth) which have a crown attached at either side. These crowns are then fitted and bonded permanently to the two teeth on either side of the gap. These two teeth will require minimal prep to receive the dental bridge’s crowns.
Once the bridge is fixed in place, it looks natural and functions just like your other teeth. You’ll be able to eat and drink normally, and smile gap-free!
How long do dental bridges last?
Dental bridges are very stable and durable, but that doesn’t mean you can start chewing on ice. The amount of wear and tear that you expose your dental bridge to, will affect its life. Generally, dental bridges can last between 8 to 15 years under normal use with good oral care and hygiene, before they need replacing.
Attending regular dental check-ups will allow your dentist to detect and treat any potential problems early, thus avoiding any oral health complications or device failures.
Find the right dental solution for your gap
Book a consultation with one of our restorative dental specialists to find out if a dental bridge is the right solution for your missing teeth. At Healthy Smile Dental, you’ll receive the best advice regarding your tooth replacement options – from treatment times to payment options.