Dental bridges are a type of dental restorative procedure that is used for cosmetic purposes. This bridge implant can consist of one or multiple teeth that is placed in an area where there is a missing tooth or teeth. For this reason, it is also called a fixed removable denture. Types of dental bridges include traditional bridges, Cantilever bridges, and resin or Maryland bonded bridges. Bridges are usually made of metal alloys, gold, pure porcelain or some combination of these materials.
When the bridge is created, it becomes fixed within the gumline by attaching to either adjacent teeth or dental implants. Usually, a crown is placed over the two teeth where the bridge will attach to. For the dental crown to be placed, the dentist will file down the enamel on the tooth then insert the crown. The impression of the tooth is taken and sent off to a lab to create a mold. Newer bridge dentists may have CEREC technology, in which case they can create a dental product for you right then and there. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait a few days for the permanent bridge to come in. In the mean time, the dentist will place a temporary crown onto your exposed teeth and put a temporary dental bridge in place.
A permanent dental bridge can last for 10-15 years with proper care. When you have a dental bridge implanted, it’s important to continue improving your oral hygiene habits. Good flossing and brushing prevents cavities from forming on the supporting teeth. Cavities can lead to tooth decay on the supporting teeth, causing the dental bridge to fail.
In cases where you have one or many missing teeth, but not enough to need dentures, dental bridges can be used. Dental bridges improve the appearance of the smile and help you boost your self-confidence when you know you don’t have a toothless gap in your smile.