A dental bridge is a cosmetic procedure, or a general dentistry practice that helps to close gaps between teeth. It often gives you a fuller smile and can even increase confidence levels because it can improve your looks.
If a dental bridge is properly done, and you take care of it, it can last a long time.
The different types of bridges and crowns at Wyndham Dental
Some bridges are made of porcelain, whereas others use gold or composite materials to create a bridge. There are three different dental bridge styles.
Traditional fixed bridges
The most common form of bridge are traditional fixed bridges, which employ two cosmetic porcelain crowns to anchor a tooth implant.
Resin bonded bridges
A resin bonded bridge is when a gap is filled between teeth (usually the front two), often also using porcelain.
Cantilever bridges are often used for front teeth as well, but unlike a resin bonded bridge, which is anchored on both sides, a cantilever bridge is only anchored on one side.
Are dental bridges right for you?
You should perhaps consider getting a dental bridge if you have a gap in your teeth, or a missing tooth, that is affecting:
- Your appearance and perhaps your confidence to smile
- The way you bite because the space between your upper and lower teeth isn’t correctly aligned
- The way you talk
- The health of your teeth, perhaps decay is occurring because food is getting stuck in a gap
Dental bridge treatment procedures
Generally you will need to visit your dentist twice to get a dental bridge put in your mouth. The first checkup will be when the dentist will prepare your mouth and the area where the gap is, by taking a mold of your teeth. The dentist will then put in a temporary bridge. The mold taken by the dentist will be used to help design your dental bridge before the dentist bonds the bridge correctly. Normally this latter part of the procedure will happen on your second visit.
The expected duration of a dental bridge
If you maintain your teeth properly and adhere to adequate hygiene, you can expect your dental bridge to stay in good condition for about a decade or perhaps a bit longer. If you visit your dentist regularly, you can expect your dental bridge to last 15 years or more. One of the most vital care instructions is to floss your teeth regularly and brush them thoroughly twice a day.