A dental bridge is a non-removable appliance which is used to fill the space where a tooth was removed or had fallen out. It is a false tooth that is held in place by being attached to the teeth next to it, resembling a bridge. The bridge preserves the integrity of your existing teeth by preventing the shifting of teeth into the space of the missing tooth.
Not every missing tooth can be replaced by a bridge. We can determine the best options for your particular case.
Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years, however they require good oral hygiene and care to ensure the longevity of the appliance. Bridges may need replacement over some time, with an average lifespan of 10-15 years.
What does getting a fixed bridge involve?
A bridge usually requires two or more visits. The two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, an impression (mold) is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for two weeks until your next appointment. At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit.
You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the longevity of your new bridge.