A Bridge is a replacement of a missing tooth or teeth. A fixed bridge is cemented in place, whereas a removable bridge can be taken out for cleaning. A bridge can be retained by adjacent teeth or implants.

Dental bridges are essentially false teeth, which are anchored onto neighbouring teeth in order to replace one or more missing teeth.

The false tooth (known as the pontic) is usually fused between two crowns that serve as the anchors and therefore bridging the teeth together. There are different types of bridges available; the type of bridge used would depend on the case.

Why have a bridge?

There are many advantages to having a dental bridge. They include:

  • Bridges are natural in appearance.
  • You generally only require two appointments with you dentist to have a bridge.
  • Bridges have a good life span, usually lasting for approx. 10 -15 years providing you practice good oral health techniques.
  • Bridges will improve your bite, and reduce stress on teeth either side of the missing tooth gap.
  • Bridges may correct any interference with your speech that the missing tooth is causing.
  • Your overall appearance will be improved by diminishing gaps in your teeth.

Frequently Asked Questions

A dental bridge is a dental prosthetic used to replace missing teeth, consisting of artificial teeth anchored to adjacent natural teeth.

The lifespan of a dental bridge can vary, but with proper care, it can last 10 to 15 years or even longer.

Yes, there are several types of dental bridges, including traditional, cantilever, and Maryland bridges, each designed for specific cases.

No, the process of getting a dental bridge is usually painless. Local anesthesia is used to numb the area during the procedure.

Dental bridges can restore your smile, improve speech, enhance chewing ability, and prevent adjacent teeth from shifting.

Traditional dental bridges are not removable, but there are removable options like partial dentures available as well.

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