What is a dental bridge and how long does it last?

Missing a tooth? Bridging could be the ideal procedure for you.

If you've gotten into an accident, or suffered a gum condition and lost some of your teeth, smiling, laughing and eating can suddenly become something you avoid. Installing a dental bridge is one smart way to get the look and feel of your teeth back to normal.

We'll run through how dental bridges work, and how long they last to help you decide if they're right for you.

If you're missing teeth there's a quick, relatively easy procedure that could replace them and restore your smile. If you're missing teeth there's a quick, relatively easy procedure that could replace them and restore your smile.

What exactly is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is essentially a fake tooth, or teeth, used to semi-permanently fill the gap in your smile. As well as improving the appearance of your smile, this procedure will stop the neighboring teeth from shifting further out of place, or into the gap left by the missing tooth.

A dental bridge is essentially a fake tooth, or teeth, used to semi-permanently fill the gap in your smile.

The treatment usually lasts for between 10 and 15 years providing a near-permanent solution. To install a bridge your dentist will usually use one of four methods, the most effective and common being a 'fixed bridge'.

This entails joining the false teeth, usually made out of porcelain, to the neighbouring teeth using crowns or caps. If there aren't any healthy neighbouring teeth, other surgical methods may be used to create anchor implants in the gum to secure the false teeth to.

Is a dental bridge right for you?

Having missing teeth can be tough, affecting your speech, the shape of your face, your smile and your self-esteem. If a dental bridge is implanted correctly, by a qualified and experienced dentist, the procedure can quickly solve these problems, allowing you to go back to normal as soon as you're healed.

While this may not be the only solution if you're missing teeth, it's definitely one that you should consider and discuss with your dentist.

You don't need to live another day dealing with missing teeth, so get in touch with the team at City Dentists, or book online, to arrange an appointment and start talking about your options.