Dental bridges are a popular solution for replacing missing teeth and restoring the function and appearance of a person’s smile. A dental bridge is a custom-made device that is anchored in place using the surrounding teeth or dental implants.
There are several types of dental bridges available, including traditional bridges, cantilever bridges, and resin-bonded bridges. Each type of bridge has its own unique benefits and uses, and the right option for you will depend on your specific needs and goals.
One of the benefits of dental bridges is that they can be customized to match the color of your natural teeth, making them blend in seamlessly with your smile. Bridges are also made of strong and durable materials, such as porcelain or ceramics, and are designed to last for many years with proper care and maintenance.
Another advantage of dental bridges is that they can help prevent further dental problems by stabilizing the surrounding teeth and restoring proper bite and chewing patterns. This can help preserve the health of the surrounding teeth and prevent additional tooth loss or decay.
The dental bridge placement process typically takes two to three appointments. During the first appointment, the dentist will prepare the surrounding teeth for the bridge and take impressions to create a custom-fit bridge. At the second appointment, the bridge will be fitted and adjusted for proper bite and comfort.
Is a Dental Bridge Permanent?
A dental bridge can be either permanent (fixed) or removable. A permanent bridge offers more stability than a removable one, but once the bridge is bonded in place, only your dentist can remove it.
Can a Dental Bridge Be Repaired?
While dental bridges are made to last for years with routine care, occasionally, the need for repair may arise. This may be due to damage to the appliance itself, or decay in the healthy teeth to which the bridge is anchored. Whatever the cause, your dentist can recommend the best way to repair your dental bridge.
How Long Does a Dental Bridge Last?
Dental bridges are made from highly durable materials. How long they last will depend largely upon the level of care wearers take with them. Typically, dental bridges last for at least 5-7 years. However, with good oral hygiene, they can provide optimal performance for 10-15 years or even longer.