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What are Dental Bridges?

A dental bridge is a prosthetic replacement for one or more missing teeth, and it consists of artificial teeth supported by a set of dental crowns that are placed on either side of the gap in a person’s smile. A fixed bridge is sometimes also called a partial denture.

Why would we recommend a dental bridge for you?

Model of smile with fixed bridgeBridges are generally used if you have missing teeth and would like to improve the aesthetics of your smile.

Also, it is important to replace missing teeth to avoid consequences such as the surrounding teeth drifting out of position, which can increase the susceptibility of developing tooth decay and gum disease.

How do we place dental bridges?

Animation of implant supported fixed bridgeGenerally, you will need two appointments to get your dental bridge. First, your dentist will prepare your teeth on either side of the space for the supporting dental crowns. A small amount of enamel on these teeth will be removed to provide space and accommodate the thickness of the crown. Then, we will take an impression of the affected area. This impression will serve as the model from which our dental laboratory will fabricate your bridge. After this, we will place a temporary bridge for you to wear until your permanent bridge is ready.

When the permanent bridge is ready, you will come in for your second appointment. The temporary bridge will be removed and we will fit your permanent bridge and check to see if there are any bite discrepancies. Finally, your new bridge will be cemented to your teeth. Any changes or minor modifications can be done chairside, which should not require any additional appointments.

What to expect right after getting a bridge

Closeup of smile with fixed bridge

  • Your teeth may become mildly sensitive to extreme temperatures for a few weeks after the treatment. This is quite common and only temporary.
  • It is important to follow proper oral hygiene. Otherwise, food and bacteria will build up on your teeth and your gums can become infected.

How long do dental bridges last?

Model of smile with four tooth bridgeFixed bridges generally last about 10-15 years or more if you maintain good oral hygiene.