What Exactly is a Dental Bridge?

A perfect smile is something that a lot of people take pride in. That’s why it is so devastating when teeth are removed, fall out or are even knocked out. Not only can it affect someone’s self-confidence, but missing teeth can also have a negative effect on overall oral health.

Because of this, if you have a missing tooth or teeth, you’ll want to consider a dental bridge.

What Are Dental Bridges?

A dental bridge is a cosmetic dentistry installation that is made up of crowns/abutments and false teeth (pontics). This dental installation bridges the gap between the remaining teeth, and the missing tooth or teeth.

Pontics are generally made from porcelain, but can also be made from other materials, such as: alloys, gold or a combination of different materials.

What Are the Different Types of Bridges?

There are three main types of bridges that people have installed. These include: traditional bridges, cantilever bridges and Maryland bonded bridges.

  • Traditional bridges include the abutments and pontic in between the healthy teeth.
  • Cantilever bridges are less common, and are used with adjacent teeth on one side of the missing tooth or teeth.
  • Maryland bonded bridges involve metal or porcelain being bonded with your existing teeth.

Why Get a Bridge?

There are a few different options for teeth replacement, so you may be wondering why you should go with dental bridges. There are a couple of different reasons why bridges may be right for you.

The first reason is the benefits that bridges provide. Keep in mind that having a gap in your teeth can cause pretty major damage to your existing teeth, your jawbone, your speech and even the integrity of the shape of your face!

Dental bridges not only complete your smile in a way that looks and feels natural, but they also…

  • Make it much easier to chew,
  • maintain the shape of your face,
  • prevent your teeth from migrating,
  • boost your self-confidence
  • and maintain the health of your jaw.

While there are other options for tooth or teeth replacement, they may not be right for you. This may be because of the health of your jawbone. If it is compromised, it may not be able to properly handle an implant. When this is the case, a bridge is often a good alternative.

How Long Does a Bridge Last?

Unlike dental implants, bridges will often have to be replaced over time. Still, with proper care, this doesn’t have to be as often as you’d think.

Most bridges will last around five to seven years, but they may last as long as ten or even fifteen years (if you take care of them)!

If you are weighing your option for a tooth or teeth replacement, discuss bridges with your dentist and see if they are right for you. With dental bridges you’ll return your smile to the way you remembered it, and you’ll save the health of your remaining teeth.

Interested in learning more about dental bridges? Read more about one of the most popular bridges, the Maryland Bridge.

Ready to get started with journey towards optimal oral health? Contact Baer Dental Designs today and learn more about our dental bridge process with a consultation.