Dental bridges fill the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the void left by missing teeth. These two or more teeth are used as anchors for the bridge and there is normally a false tooth or teeth in between. Dental bridges are usually supported by natural teeth or implants.
We use this procedure to replace a missing tooth or teeth. The dental bridge is made up of two crowns on the anchoring teeth along with a false tooth in the center. Implants are an ideal treatment used to form artificial roots used in supporting the replacement teeth, particularly when there is a large area to fill. (See Implants to understand fully why we would recommend this as the best long term option.)
A dental bridge cannot be used to replace a tooth that is already missing. A dental bridge can only be used to fill the space of a tooth that has already been removed.
If properly cared for, a dental bridge can last 10 to 15 years.
A dental bridge can help restore your smile and improve your chewing ability. It can also help to prevent your remaining teeth from shifting out of position.
The cost of a dental bridge will vary depending on the materials used and the complexity of the procedure. Generally, a dental bridge can cost anywhere from $300 to $1,000.
A dental bridge should take about two to four weeks to settle in. During this time, you may experience some discomfort and sensitivity. Your dentist can prescribe medication to help alleviate any discomfort.
No, dental bridges are very strong and durable. However, like all dental work, they can become damaged if they are not properly cared for. Be sure to brush and floss your teeth regularly and see your dentist for regular checkups to help ensure the longevity of your dental bridge.
A dental bridge is held in place by dental crowns that are placed on the teeth adjacent to the space left by the missing tooth. The bridge itself is not removable. However, if the dental crowns become loose, the bridge can become dislodged. Be sure to brush and floss your teeth regularly and see your dentist for regular checkups to help ensure the longevity of your dental bridge.
Yes, tooth decay can occur under a dental bridge just as it can on any other surface of the tooth. Be sure to brush and floss your teeth regularly and see your dentist for regular checkups to help ensure the longevity of your dental bridge.
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