A dazzling smile can be ruined by a missing tooth, making you feel unconfident and unwilling to smile, even when you want to. This is where dental bridges can help you by filling in that space and making you feel beautiful again.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a replacement for missing teeth. Your dentist can offer a number of different bridge options, including a conventional bridge or a fixed bridge, consisting of a false tooth or teeth attached to crowns. The teeth on either side are prepared so that they become abutments (like those that are inserted for dental implants), easing the process of inserting and fusing the bridge to the teeth adjacent to the gap.
Another type of bridge is an adhesive bridge, although it does not offer the stability of a fixed bridge, as it consists simply of a false tooth bonded by wings to the adjacent teeth.
A cantilever bridge is similar to the fixed bridge, but with just one crown attached to the neighbouring teeth as opposed to two.
How Long Do They Last?
If proper care is taken – that is, if patients brush twice a day and go for professional cleaning every six months – a conventional bridge can last between 10 and 15 years. Other types of bridges can last up to five years.
Some Things to Consider
The process of preparing the adjacent teeth for the installation of the bridge can mean that they become sensitive to temperature for a period after the procedure. Occasionally, teeth can become permanently sensitive and in some extreme cases, patients may require root canal treatment. Teeth and gums will also become prone to infection if proper oral hygiene is not followed.
The Next Step
The next step is to arrange a private consultation with one of the INTERDENTAL associated clinics and offices in Paris, London, Rotterdam or our facility in Izmir. We would be happy to chat with you on the phone and answer any questions you may have.