The ins and outs of dental bridges
Dental bridges are a tried and tested solution for missing teeth. There are various types of dental bridge available, with the most common being the traditional fixed bridge. The fixed bridge is made from a false tooth, which has a crown either side; the aim is to bridge the gap between two teeth either side of a gap. Other types of bridge include a Maryland bridge, which is sometimes used to replace a missing front tooth, and a cantilever bridge, which may be an option when there are only healthy teeth on one side of the gap.
Dental bridges can be made from different materials, including metals and porcelain; porcelain bridges are very popular because they create an amazing natural aesthetic.
Bridges are custom-made for each individual patient; an impression of the mouth is created and the bridge is made based on this impression. Once the bridge is ready, it is simply put in position and secured using strong adhesive. The fixed bridge can only be removed by a dentist once it is in place and it should last around 10-15 years.
What are the pros and cons of a dental bridge?
Bridges are affordable, durable and aesthetically pleasing and the treatment process is short and simple. Bridges don’t last as long as implants, but they should last for several years and patients can enjoy the benefits almost instantaneously, whereas implant treatment takes 3-8 months. Bridges are easier to maintain than dentures and once they are in place, you simply look after them in the same way as natural teeth.