A dental bridge is a fixed appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth. Bridges are restorations that fill in a gap caused by missing teeth. They prevent the remaining teeth from shifting and provide a more stable surface for chewing. Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years. They may, however, need to be replaced or re-cemented due to normal wear.
Reasons for a fixed bridge:
- Fill space of missing teeth.
- Maintain facial shape.
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
- Restore chewing and speaking ability.
- Restore your smile.
- Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance.
Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits. First the teeth are numbed, then the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for several weeks until your next appointment.
At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented in to achieve a proper fit.
There are three main types of bridges:
- Traditional bridges
- Cantilever bridges
- Resin-bonded bridge
The cost of dental bridges varies depending on the type of bridge used.
Dental bridges can last 5 to 7 years and even longer. With good oral hygiene and regular professional cleaning, it is not unusual for the life span of a fixed bridge to be over 10 years. It can be difficult to speak clearly when teeth are missing in the front area of the mouth. Wearing a dental bridge with the front teeth in proper position will help you speak more clearly.
Replacing missing teeth should actually make eating easier. Until you become used to the bridge, eat soft foods that have been cut into small pieces. To find out more about dental bridges or to schedule an appointment, call us today at (480) 435-9731