People often rely on dental bridges when they have several missing teeth and they want to restore their smile and redistribute the forces in their bite. Whether you choose bridges or another restorative treatment, it’s imperative to replace missing teeth to prevent the remaining ones from drifting out of position and maintain your bone health. Replacing your teeth can also improve your quality of life, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile more easily.

What are dental bridges?

Dental bridges are a dental appliance used to fill superficially fill gaps of missing teeth. They are made of two or more crowns and pontics (fake teeth) that are attached to each other and anchored to the mouth. The crowns can be secured to the natural teeth or artificial implants. If you want to restore the look and function of your teeth, here are three options of bridges available to patients:

Your dentist can help you decide which option is best for you and create a custom dental bridges treatment for the best results. 

Should I get dental bridges?

If you are struggling with regular functions like chewing and talking because of your missing teeth, then you may want to consider dental bridges. They look, feel, and work like regular teeth and they can give you a boost of confidence.

The pontics of dental bridges need to be anchored to dental crowns. If you’re not getting dental implants, these dental requires will have to be cemented to the tooth, but this process also requires the removal of dental enamel. Since enamel doesn’t grow back, its removal is permanent, so patients need to have enough healthy enamel to complete the procedure. If 

If you are getting implants, you will need healthy gums and jaw bones for the implant to fuse with. Otherwise, you may not be an ideal candidate for dental bridges. The dentist will be able to definitively tell if you are eligible for dental bridges by examining your oral health and reviewing your oral history. They can also refer you to a periodontal expert to restore your gum and bone health in preparation of a dental bridges procedure.

How long do dental bridges last?

“Permanent” dental bridges can last 10 – 20 years with good oral hygiene and regular checkups. Like natural teeth, they will wear over time with use, but they can be replaced or touched up by your dentist. Fixed dental bridges must be removed by a professional, so do not attempt to adjust yours alone.

What is the process?

Like we mentioned before, you will to go through an initial consultation. This is where the dentist will examine your teeth and oral history to determine whether you are a viable candidate for dental bridges. Once you are cleared, another appointment will be scheduled to start the process. Here’s what you can expect when getting dental bridges

A mold of teeth will be taken and crowns will be completed in a dental laboratory. Your dentist may give you temporary bridges to protect your teeth for this period. If you need to get dental implants, these will be completed in the meantime and they will be covered with temporary crowns.

When the dental bridges are mailed in, you will have them placed on your teeth. If you are getting the crowns attached to your regular teeth, the dentist will remove some enamel to make space for the crown. The dentist will then fit and adjust the crowns to ensure you are comfortable. In a week or two, you may be asked to return, so the dentist can check if the dental bridges are working properly.