Dental Bridges can be a good choice for replacing missing teeth and filling gaps in your smile. A dental bridge is a longer-lasting solution that is fixed into place and will feel just like your natural teeth. Dental bridges are often anchored to dental implants, or they can be attached to the natural teeth adjacent to the space where a tooth has been removed. A bridge is cemented down and is not removable. Bridges are designed to look and feel like your natural teeth.
Why Choose a Dental Bridge?
Gaps in your smile are obvious imperfections that can make even the most beautiful smile look flawed. What’s worse is that they put your dental health at risk. The space left by missing teeth allows other teeth to shift position. In the long run this can dramatically affect your bite, making it harder to chew and creating places where food, tartar, and decay can hide.
It’s wise to fill any gaps as early as possible to prevent these kinds of problems, and bridges are a safe, durable, and natural-looking way to do so. Bridges can be relied upon to be comfortable and easy to clean and maintain. Unlike dentures or partials, nothing needs to be removed for cleaning, and there are no moving parts to chafe or cause discomfort. Your ceramic bridge will be designed to fit in your mouth and to match the precise shade of surrounding teeth, so it’s an invisible fix that blends seamlessly with the rest of your smile.
Options for Dental Bridges
There are two different way to anchor dental bridges: Using dental implants or with porcelain crowns on the surrounding teeth.
Dental implants are the ideal way to support a dental bridge. An implant replaces a missing tooth root and fuses to the jawbone, creating a solid and reliable anchor. However not everyone is a candidate for dental implants, so a bridge can be attached to nearby teeth instead. This solution is good but less ideal than implants but is a viable solution if a dental bridge is required.
I don’t want to get dental implants. Can I still get a dental bridge?
It’s possible to have a dental bridge even if you’re not a good candidate for dental implant surgery or simply don’t want implants. In some cases, attaching a bridge to the surrounding teeth using porcelain crowns can be a very good solution for your long-term dental health. We strive to help you select the dental care plan that best suits your needs and will provide you with a healthy, beautiful smile.
How long does a dental bridge last?
No dental restorations last forever. A dental bridge is a durable, long-lasting solution. Yours may require minor repairs, adjustments or replacement after 5-10 years, although it is possible they will last for a longer or shorter period of time. Each individual’s risk factors and personal care habits contribute to the bridge’s longevity. We will help you understand and manage your risk factors to maintain your bridge for as long as possible.