We will prescribe a bridge when one or more teeth are missing and there are healthy teeth on both sides of the open space. Bridges can be made from three types of material, solid gold for reliable long wear, porcelain fused to a gold base for strength and beauty, and high-strength metal-free porcelain for optimum cosmetic results.
With proper care, your new bridge will increase your overall health and instill confidence for years to come.
Dental Bridges FAQ
A dental bridge is a type of restoration that we use to replace a missing tooth. It fills the empty space, restoring your appearance and the function of the tooth. dental bridge diagram or illustration
Just about anyone with a missing tooth is a good candidate for a dental bridge. Of course, you should keep in mind that everyone has unique needs.
A dental bridge is one unit that usually consists of three or more parts. The main part of the bridge is the artificial tooth that will fill the space left by the missing tooth. This is referred to as the pontic.
Since we must secure the pontic to your teeth, dental crowns are placed on either side to form one stable restoration. The dental crowns are then attached to neighboring teeth, leaving you with a functional, aesthetic replacement tooth.
When the permanent crown or bridge is ready, the temporary crown or bridge is removed, and the new crown or bridge is cemented over your prepared tooth or teeth. While crowns and bridges can last a lifetime, they do sometimes come loose or fall out.
While a removable bridge is built to attach to surrounding teeth and can be taken out for cleaning, fixed bridges are attached to dental implants for a permanent, worry-free solution that looks and acts like your natural teeth.
Dental bridges can last five to 15 years and even longer. With good oral hygiene and regular checkups, it is not unusual for the life span of a fixed bridge to be over 10 years.