Crossing the Gap with Bridges

Oct 16, 2016
If you have a missing tooth, the gap can result in the surrounding teeth shifting or rotating into the space. This can lead to a bad bite, or even gum disease because of the imbalance. Many dentists suggest acquiring a dental bridge to prevent it.

What is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is a fixed, removable denture that is used to substitute a missing tooth or multiple teeth. They are meant to “bridge” the space that is missing teeth. Bridges can be made with different materials, including porcelain or ceramics so it can blend in with the rest of the teeth easily. Traditional dental bridges are often attached to the adjacent natural teeth around the gap with a dental crown. The dental crown is like a cap that fits over your natural teeth, and has the bridging artificial tooth in the middle. The crowns serve as anchors for the bridging tooth. With the attached crowns on either side of the tooth, this ensures that the bridge stays in place for much longer.

How Long do Dental Bridges Last?

Dental bridges have the tendency to last for many years, normally between 5 to 7. However, there are some cases where they may become loose. The best way to maintain a dental bridge’s longevity is to practice good dental hygiene. It is very easy for a bridge to be loosened if the surrounding teeth that are supporting it are suffering from a dental disease such as cavities. You can also prevent your bridge from becoming damaged and loosened by not chewing hard foods like ice. In addition, it is good to visit your dentist regularly for teeth cleanings and checkups. A dental bridge is a viable option for patients that are missing a single tooth or more in-between natural teeth. Bridges can restore not only your smile, but proper chewing, speaking, and can prevent surrounding teeth from drifting out of place.