Dental Bridges

Dental Bridges are just one of several different restorative dental procedures. Dental bridges have been around a long time, and can be a good alternative to implants in some situations. We’ll outline some of the basics of the procedure here.

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is just that, a bridge between two teeth. The bridge is designed to span the gap where there is a missing or damaged tooth, so that an artificial tooth can be anchored in place of it. Bridges draw their strength from the surrounding teeth and their roots, so it’s important that the teeth on either side of the missing tooth are healthy. Sometimes bridges can span more than one tooth, but these kinds of dental bridges more often have complications and don’t last as long.

Should I get a dental bridge?

Not everybody should choose to restore missing teeth with a dental bridge. Dr. Blackhurst will meet with you to determine if it’s the best option for you. There are benefits and drawbacks to each kind of dental restoration so, only an experienced dental practitioner will be able to determine what is best.

How long do dental bridges last?

A quality procedure will ensure that your dental restoration will last anywhere from 10-15 years. One of the most important qualities that determines longevity is the fit. Proper fitting dental bridges far outlast bridges with even minor fit imperfections. If you decide to go with a bridge instead of other restorative techniques, make sure you are working with an experienced dentist like Dr. Blackhurst. Dental bridges tend to have more failures due to fit problems than other restorative techniques.

How are bridges made?

The bridge itself can consist of several different materials. Gold, porcelain, and metal have all been used in this procedure, but the ideal situation is one in which the restoration is made with porcelain only. This prevents any concerns with infection and tends to last longer. Dr. Blackhurst will first meet to determine the proper placement and sizing then will go to the lab to create the prosthesis. After testing the size, color, and fit of the bridge, the adjacent teeth will be prepared and the bridge will be permanently bonded to them. Local anesthetic is used so the procedure is quite painless.