Dental Bridges FAQ
- What Are Dental Bridges?
When you are missing a single tooth, or multiple teeth, a Dental Bridge is a fixed (meaning cemented in and not removable) appliance that are designed to fill those gaps with realistic looking and feeling teeth. Bridges can be made from gold, metal alloys, porcelain, ceramics or a combination of these things.
- What Are The Advantages of Dental Bridges?
Bridges are an excellent solution to replace missing teeth in order to restore your smile, improve the appearance and support for the shape of your face, can help with eating and speaking and can prevent other teeth from drifting out of position.
- What are the Disadvantages of Dental Bridges?
In order to prepare teeth for a Dental Bridge, tooth structure must be taken away to accommodate the fitting of the new bridge. This can be justified if the teeth that are being prepared are decayed or heavily restored. In the case of teeth that have never had fillings and are in good health otherwise, the idea of cutting them down to prepare for a bridge is not ideal. In this case, Dental Implants can be an excellent alternative treatment.
- How Many Appointments are Required to Get a Dental Bridge?
The first visit involves a consultation with your dentist to determine whether a bridge is a good treatment choice for you. This process will involve taking X-rays to determine tooth and bone health. In addition, it is important that your gum health and overall health are in good condition to ensure an optimal outcome. After a treatment plan is made, the process of getting a bridge takes two visits. In the first visit, the teeth are recontoured and shaved, and a shade for the bridge is selected. An impression is taken and sent to the lab. A temporary bridge is made and cemented. At the second visit (usually two weeks later), the temporary bridge is removed and the permanent bridge is cemented in.
- How Long to Dental Bridges Last for?
With routine dental visits and excellent home care, Dental Bridges can last in excess of 10-15 years.
- How Do I Look After My Dental Bridge?
Bridges do not require a lot of additional care over and above good brushing and flossing. The most difficult part of maintaining a bridge is to adapt floss underneath the ‘false’ tooth in order to keep that area clean. Your dentist and dental hygienist will assist you with this.