When you are missing a single tooth, or multiple teeth, a Dental Bridge is a fixed (meaning cemented in and not removable) appliance that are designed to fill those gaps with realistic looking and feeling teeth. Bridges can be made from gold, metal alloys, porcelain, ceramics or a combination of these things.
There are four main types of dental bridges: traditional dental bridges, Cantilever bridges, Maryland bridges, and implant-supported bridges. Traditional dental bridges are the ones involving crowns on either side of the gap. A Cantilever bridge is similar, except it only needs the support of a crown on one side. A Maryland bridge doesn’t need a dental crown for support because it’s held in place by a framework that’s bonded on the back of the adjacent teeth without needing to file them down. An implant-supported bridge is what it sounds like: it uses dental implants for support instead of dental crowns. Our dentist will determine which type of bridge works best for your needs.
Missing teeth always have to be replaced. If they are not, then the teeth that remain will begin to crowd into the gap, and this can lead to a bad bite as well as difficulty maintaining proper oral hygiene. Dental bridges not only restore your bite, they help to forestall decay in the adjacent teeth.
Bridges are an excellent solution to replace missing teeth in order to restore your smile, improve the appearance and support for the shape of your face, can help with eating and speaking and can prevent other teeth from drifting out of position.
No, a dental bridge is called a “fixed” dental prosthetic. This means that it remains in place all day and all night – we bond the device to your teeth. If you are looking for a removable option, you may wish to consider dentures.
With routine dental visits and excellent home care, dental bridges can last in excess of 10-15 years.
Bridges do not require a lot of additional care over and above good brushing and flossing. The most difficult part of maintaining a bridge is to adapt floss underneath the ‘false’ tooth in order to keep that area clean. Your dentist and dental hygienist will assist you with this.