Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. It’s fixed to two surrounding teeth, called anchor teeth, with the use of crowns. There are a few different styles of bridges, and different bridge materials are available.
Every patient’s treatment needs differ and the style of bridge we suggest will depend upon the strength and health of the anchor teeth, as well as the location of the gap in relation to the rest of your teeth. If the anchor teeth aren’t strong enough for a bridge application, we may recommend treatment with an implant instead. For a bridge that replaces many teeth, we may recommend a removable partial denture or implant-supported prosthesis. Each bridge, implant, denture or replacement tooth is custom-made to match your smile and fit with your natural teeth.
The process of getting a bridge includes preparing the anchor teeth and taking detailed impressions of your teeth. Often, you can expect to have a temporary bridge while your permanent one is being made.
Once your permanent bridge is ready, it will be placed and bonded to your teeth. Most bridges can be expected to last from 5 to 10 years with good daily care and regular preventive cleanings from your dental hygienist.