What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge creates an aesthetic result by anchoring to the teeth on either side of a missing tooth. In the middle of the bridge there is a prosthetic tooth that fills the space between the teeth.
A dental bridge can be secured in place by one or more dental implants if there is sufficient tooth structure. This is called a dental implant bridge.
A dental bridge is suitable for patients who:
- Have a missing tooth or teeth together
- Dental implants are not a feasible option to due health concerns
- Desire a permanent, non-removable solution
For patients with a single missing tooth, the dentist will prepare (file) the two healthy surrounding teeth. These teeth will act as anchors to secure the dental bridge in place.
Impressions of your teeth will be made after they are prepared, and this impression will be sent off to our laboratory to be fabricated. During this time, you will be given a temporary dental bridge.
At your next appointment, your newly fabricated bridge will be permanently cemented in place.
What are the different types of bridges?
Fixed Bridge:A fixed bridge is where a prosthetic tooth is connected to two neighbouring teeth or dental implants and is secured into place.
Cantilever Fixed Bridge: A cantilever bridge is where only one tooth anchors the prosthetic tooth. Although this treatment requires less preparation, this method is not as secure and venerable to damage.
Resin-Bonded Fixed Bridges (or Maryland Bridge): Is where a prosthetic tooth is cemented to the adjacent teeth with a metal wing. This method also requires the surrounding teeth to be in perfect condition.
Removable Bridge: A conventional removable bridge stays in place by attaching to surrounding teeth with metal clasps. However, these clasps can be altered, allowing the bridge to be removed as needed.
How long does a dental bridge last?
A dental bridge lifespan depends on its type, care and bonding material. Keep in mind there are many factors that can influence these estimates. To give you an estimate, we have outlined the average longevity of each bridge type below:
Fixed Bridge & Cantilever Fixed Bridge: When made from porcelain, these bridges can last around 10 to 15 years. Composite resin counterparts, on the other hand last on average 5 to 10 years.
Resin-Bonded Fixed Bridges & Removable Bridges: Can last on average 5 to 10 years.
Looking after your dental bridge
A non-removable dental bridge will hinder your ability to floss between your anchor teeth. To clean in and around your dental bridge you will need to use interdental brushes or flossing sticks. Other than flossing, you should maintain your normal oral hygiene routine. That is, brushing twice daily and flossing once daily.
To take care of a removable bridge, you can clean them overnight with denture cleaning tablets. As well, after use, you should clean your removable bridge with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
Dental Bridge Treatment Coastal Dental Care
Our Coastal Dental Care practices offer dental bridge treatments for our patients. Please contact us about your treatment options today.