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A dental bridge is a false tooth or set of false teeth that is permanently attached, anchored in place by the teeth on either side of the gap. The main reason you would get a dental bridge is if one or more of your teeth are missing. A dental bridge restores the look of your smile and your chewing function, and looks like your original teeth.
If you are currently missing one or more teeth, you may be a good candidate for a bridge. If part of your treatment plan requires removing a tooth, it will likely be replaced with a bridge. Either way, your MCDC dentist will take a look and determine if a bridge is right for you.
Teeth are meant to work together, so if teeth are missing it can cause serious issues. Missing teeth can impact your bite, change your speech, cause existing teeth to shift, put you at a higher risk for tooth decay and gum disease, lead to bone shrinkage, and change the way the jawbone supports your lips and cheeks. A bridge can help prevent all those issues, while also giving you back your smile. A bridge may also be used to replace a removable partial denture.
Keeping your own teeth is always best, but when the loss of a tooth or several teeth does occur, a bridge can be the next best thing. Here’s why:
A bridge often requires three appointments. Here’s what you can expect:
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Bridges are typically made from porcelain, but there are other options. Your dentist will discuss the various options and help you figure out what best meets your needs. Factors that impact material selection include:
Due to how they are made, you cannot floss a bridge by going between the teeth. Bridges are also prone to trapping food and plaque underneath them, because they sit on top of the gums. For these reasons, it’s extremely important to follow good oral hygiene. If you don’t, your bridge may fail and need to be replaced due to decay or gum disease. To care for your bridge:
Typically, a bridge will last 5-15 years before needing to be replaced. How long it lasts depends on many factors, including the number of teeth the bridge replaced, the health and bone support of the anchor teeth, your bite, and your ability to maintain good oral hygiene. The better you take care of your bridge, the longer it will last, so proper maintenance will save you money in the long run.
A bridge can be a very useful solution to a missing tooth. But there are risks and possible complications that you might experience after getting a bridge.