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What Is A Dental Bridge?

It is a permanent prosthetic attached to replace a missing tooth or teeth. A dental bridge is a common, affordable, and time-tested treatment method that bridges the gaps created when you lose a tooth.

Dental bridges serve aesthetic and practical purposes, allowing you to perform routine functions, such as eating and talking, while restoring your teeth’s natural appearance.

A dental bridge is made up of different materials, including porcelain, gold, and alloys. Porcelain is often the preferred choice when replacing the front tooth since it can match your teeth’s natural color.

Types of Dental Bridges

The four main types of dental bridges include;


Traditional Fixed Bridges.

They are the most common dental bridges type. Traditional bridges are made of porcelain or ceramics fused to metal. It includes a crown on either side of the pontics.

Cantilever Bridges.

These are attached to an abutment tooth when natural teeth are only available on one side of the missing space.

Maryland or Resin-bonded Bridges.

They are often used to replace teeth at the front of the mouth. Maryland bridges use porcelain or metal frameworks attached to your teeth's back side on either side of the gap.

Implant-supported Bridges.

They are similar to regular dental bridges but are supported by dental implants instead of natural teeth. Implant-supported bridges are used when you have more than one missing tooth. They are also used when you have a high chance you could place extreme pressure on unconnected individual implants.

Benefits of Dental Bridges

  • Dental bridges restore the ability to chew normally and efficiently
  • Bridges restore a natural look to your smile/ mouth
  • Dental bridges hinder adjacent teeth from filling the gaps, which often causes problems when biting and other complications
  • Dental bridges help maintain normal facial structures by avoiding bone loss from the jaw at the site of the missing teeth
  • They help you restore the ability to speak normally. Missing teeth are known to impede proper enunciation.

Who Is It for?

Dental bridges are ideal for individuals who have missing tooth/teeth. Missing tooth is usually caused by tooth decay, gum disease, and injury. Some individuals are born with missing teeth due to a congenital condition.

However, to get a dental bridge, you need to have healthy teeth on either side of the missing teeth/ tooth.

What Happens During the Procedure of Attaching Dental Implants?

In most cases, you will need two appointments.

  • Abutment teeth preparation. Your dentist reshapes your abutment teeth during your first visit. The dentist removes part of the enamel and dentin to allow room for the crown.
  • Impression. The dentist takes a digital scan or impression of your teeth. The digital scan is used to create a bridge, crown, and false teeth. A temporary bridge is used to protect the exposed areas while the dental laboratory makes your bridges.
  • Permanent bridge placement. The temporary bridge is removed and the permanent once placed during your second visit. The care provider checks the bridge carefully and makes any adjustments to ensure it fits comfortably.

How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?

They can last at least 5-7 years. However, with proper oral care and regular professional cleaning, expect your dental bridge to last more than 10 years.

How Do I Care for Dental Bridges?

With a dental bridge, it is crucial to prevent gum disease and tooth decay that often leads to tooth loss. To practice proper tooth and gum care, ensure you;

  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Get regular professional cleaning
  • Brush twice daily and floss daily

Do Dental Bridges Have Any Risks?

Proper care can last your dental bridge for years. However, the dental bridge may fail if the surrounding tooth/teeth decays or if the cement deteriorates. With care and oral hygiene, you may be able to avoid such complications and risks.

Final Thoughts

Missing teeth can impact your confidence and functionality. Fortunately, dental bridges can help you overcome and restore your natural appearance. Talk to your dentist to figure out if dental bridges are for you and what you should expect from dental bridges.