A dental bridge can replace one to three consecutively missing teeth. These restorations are made of multiple dental crowns fused together. Bridges can replace one tooth, or replace multiple teeth, and depending on the material, can give off a natural look to your teeth. Teeth with decay, physical damage, and abscess are most often treated with these kinds of appliances.
As much as we try to take care of our dental health, tooth loss happens. When it does, Dr. Bennett has a toolkit of state-of-the-art techniques to replace your missing teeth. Dental bridges have changed over the years and are now better than ever before.
Types of Bridges
Traditional Bridges – The most popular form of bridge, the teeth on either side of the bridge are covered with crowns, and the false teeth bridge is attached to these crowns.
Cantilever Bridges – Similar to traditional bridges, these are held in place by a dental crown on only one tooth, allowing you to have one natural tooth to hold in place the bridge. This type of bridge is usually recommended when your missing a back tooth or several back teeth.
Maryland Bridges – Unlike traditional and cantilever, it incorporates metal or porcelain frames and then bond those frames to the backs of the adjacent teeth.
How long your bridge lasts depends on how well you take care of it. If properly cared for, a dental bridge can last well over 10 years. Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing at least once a day, cleaning underneath the pontic, & coming in for regular teeth cleanings & maintenance will ensure the longest lifespan for your bridge.