“I Need To Replace My Tooth. What Should I Do?”
Bridges are restorative dentistry options used to close spaces between teeth and have and have remained as one of the most popular and cost-effective approaches for the restoration of missing teeth. The term ‘bridge’ comes from the way this prosthetic is created and held in place. On either side of the space where the missing teeth used to be, the remaining teeth are filed down and used as mounting points for the bridge. These two mounting points are used to secure the bridge, which consists of two crowns and the prosthetic for the missing teeth. Two styles of bridges exist, with one being able to be removed for cleaning by the patient, and the other only being removed during dental visits for cleaning by the hygienist. Another name for bridges is ‘fixed partial denture’ due to their semi-permanent nature.
Crowns and bridges are both available in a variety of materials, including metal, porcelain bonded metal, and porcelain. Porcelain crowns and bridges mimic the appearance of natural teeth nearly perfectly, the material’s translucent nature bearing a striking resemblance to enamel. Porcelain bonded metal shares this trait, though there is a risk of the porcelain chipping away from the metal. This style also occasionally has the metal base visible near the gum line.
Proper care will guarantee that your dental bridge lasts a long time. With proper care, these can last over 25 years.
Our environment at Dunwin Dental is warm and welcoming to make coming to your appointment feel like dropping in to see old friends.
We offer a range of treatment options from general dentistry to cosmetic dentistry while focusing on a positive patient experience.
You are in control of your oral care journey. Here, we empower you to make informed decisions about your dental care.