What is a Dental Bridge?
Simply put, a dental bridge is a replacement tooth supported by your natural teeth. Before dental implants, dental bridges were the top choice to fix/replace a missing tooth. Replacing missing teeth is crucial for maintaining oral health and preventing further complications.
Today, most dental bridges are one replacement tooth supported by two dental crowns over teeth on either side of the missing tooth. Think of a dental bridge as doing precisely what its name indicates—serving as a bridge (connector) to teeth to restore a beautiful smile and renew self-confidence.
Dental bridges are bonded to your natural teeth, which means they are not removable; they won’t slip out if you talk, laugh, or eat. Dental bridges allow you to enjoy all your favorite foods, as they don’t affect your ability to chew as dentures often do. Dental bridges are aesthetically appealing, and they are not as apparent to others as dentures often are. Since dental bridges are non-invasive tooth restorations, no surgery is required, which is excellent news for many patients who fear invasive procedures.
Even though they don’t take long to make, they last a long time; when well cared for, according to your dentist at Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics serving Spokane Valley and surrounding areas, your dental bridge can last as long as ten to fifteen years.
While dental bridges are the top choice to fix many tooth loss problems, if you want to replace more than one tooth or don’t have strong supporting teeth on both sides, you may be a better candidate for a dental implant instead of a dental bridge.
There are different types of dental bridges, such as traditional, cantilever, and Maryland bridges, each suited for specific needs.