What You Need to Know About Dental Bridges?

What You Need to Know About Dental Bridges?

Dental bridges are a common solution for people who have multiple adjacent missing teeth. Like the name suggests, the purpose of a dental bridge is to bridge the gap between the missing teeth. Most bridges consist of two dental crowns or implants (abutment teeth) on either side of the gap and one or more prosthetic teeth in between. The false teeth that fill the gap are called pontics.

What is the process for getting a dental bridge?

Getting a dental bridge is typically a two-step process. In the first visit, the abutment teeth are prepared by reshaping them to accommodate crowns. During this visit, the dentist may fit the patient with a temporary bridge to wear while the pontics are being prepared in a dental lab. In the second visit, the pontics are placed. These will have been custom made to match the natural shape and colour of the patient’s teeth.

What are the advantages of dental bridges?

For patients with missing teeth, dental bridges have many advantages. These include:

  • Improving the appearance of the patient’s smile.
  • Making talking and chewing easier.
  • Protecting the health of the surrounding teeth.
  • Restoring the shape of the patient’s face.
  • Helps prevent remaining teeth from shifting.

What do dental bridges cost?

The cost of dental bridges depends on a number of factors such as how many teeth need to be replaced and the type of dental bridge selected. Fortunately, most dental insurance covers at least a portion of the cost.

How long do dental bridges last?

If they are properly cared for, dental bridges can last a long time. Some dental bridges can last 15 years or longer.

How will dental bridges affect the way I eat and speak?

When you replace missing teeth with a dental bridge, it will redistribute the pressure on your remaining teeth which should actually make it easier to do things like talk and eat. If you have been missing teeth for a long time, a dental bridge may take a bit of time to get use to but ultimately, you should notice a big improvement.

If you have missing teeth and feel that you would benefit from a dental bridge, contact our office today for an assessment. One of our dentists can examine your mouth to determine whether you are a good candidate for a dental bridge.


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