If you’re looking for a solution that will replace missing teeth and fill gaps in your smile, a dental bridge is a sensible choice. A bridge acts as a permanent solution that is fixed into place and can be used and treated just like your natural teeth. Bridges are often anchored to dental implants, or they can be attached to the surrounding healthy teeth.
Why Choose a Dental Bridge?
Gaps in your smile are obvious imperfections that can make even the most beautiful smile look flawed. What’s more, they put your dental health at risk. The space left by missing teeth allows other teeth to shift positions. In the long run, this can dramatically affect your bite, making it harder to chew and creating places where food, tartar, and decay can hide.
It’s wise to fill any gaps as early as possible to prevent these kinds of problems, and bridges are a safe, durable, and natural-looking way to do so. Bridges can be relied upon to be comfortable, permanent, and easy to clean and maintain. Unlike dentures or partials, nothing needs to be removed for cleaning, and there are no moving parts to chafe or cause discomfort. Your ceramic bridge will be designed to fit in your mouth and to match the precise shade of surrounding teeth, so it’s an invisible fix that blends seamlessly with the rest of your smile.
Dental Bridge Options
Dental bridges can be anchored in place in one of two ways:
- Anchoring to a dental implant
- Affixing the bridge to surrounding teeth with porcelain crowns
According to experts, dental implants are the safest and most sturdy way to support a dental bridge. An implant replaces a missing tooth root and fuses to the jawbone, creating a solid and reliable anchor.
If your bone tissue won’t support dental implants or you prefer to avoid dental implant surgery for other reasons, we can use the second option and attach the bridge to nearby teeth instead. This solution is less permanent and may require some repairs, but it is a safe viable solution if a dental bridge is required.
If you are missing teeth or need to have a tooth removed, there’s no better option than a dental bridge to fill any gaps and protect your overall dental health.
I don’t want to have implant surgery. Can I still get a dental bridge?
It’s possible to have dental bridges installed even if you’re not a good candidate for dental implant surgery. In some cases, attaching a bridge to the surrounding teeth using porcelain crowns is actually a better option for long-term dental health. There are options, like the Cerec Same Day Crowns, that are quite practical and could very well be your best option. However, if you’re a good candidate for an implant, the dentist will discuss the benefits and options with you.
How long does a dental bridge last?
A dental bridge is a durable, long-lasting solution. Yours may require minor repairs or adjustments after 5-10 years, but the ceramic tooth replacement is crafted with care to last as long as your natural teeth.