A dental bridge is a permanent restoration used to replace one or more adjacent missing teeth. The restoration is anchored by crowns on the adjacent teeth and consists of a pontic, or false tooth, in the middle. The bridge is secured in the mouth with crowns or caps that are cemented onto the adjacent teeth.
Benefits of dental bridges
A dental bridge literally bridges the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
The benefits of a dental bridge include the following:
- Dental bridges can restore your smile’s appearance by bridging the gap between missing teeth.
- Dental bridges can restore your ability to speak properly.
- They can restore proper strength and alignment to your jaw.
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
- Dental bridges can be used to fill in the gaps in the smile.
- Maintain the shape of your face and aligns the bite.
A dental bridge is a replacement tooth or teeth that are supported by crowns on each side. The crowns fit over the existing teeth and hold the bridge in place. A dental bridge procedure is typically completed in two appointments. At the first appointment, the abutments will be installed, and an impression will be made of the area. A temporary bridge will be put in place for about two weeks while the permanent bridge is being created.
In a dental lab, the obtained impression is used to create a bridge that fits perfectly with the surrounding teeth. At the second appointment, the permanent bridge will be put in place, and the abutments will be checked one last time.
Types of dental bridges
- Traditional bridges:Traditional bridges are the most common type of bridge. They consist of crowns that are placed on the teeth surrounding the gap and a false tooth that fills in the gap.
- Cantilever bridges:Cantilever bridges are used when there is only one tooth adjacent to the gap. The false tooth is anchored to only one side, not both.
- Maryland bonded bridges:Maryland bridges are another common type of bridge. They are made of porcelain and are held in place by a metal framework bonded to the backs of the teeth.
Dental bridges life expectancy
With good oral hygiene, a dental bridge can last upwards of 10 to 15 years. It is important to maintain good oral hygiene practices, including brushing twice a day and flossing at least once per day. By maintaining regular cleanings and exams, your dentist will track any issues with the bridge and will help prolong its lifespan.
Please schedule an appointment online or call us at (480) 838-8558 to have a consultation with Dr. Christopher Payne, and we will be happy to help.