Bridges (the proper/fancy term is Fixed Partial Denture) fill the space left by one or more missing teeth. The are held in place by crowns on either side of the empty space, and cemented in place.
In some instances a bridge can provide a more aesthetic result that an implant or partial (removable partial denture).
When the teeth adjacent to a missing tooth are in need of repair, a bridge is an excellent option to replace the missing tooth and restore the adjacent teeth to the their full function with a single procedure.
The process to make a bridge is very similar to making a crown.
How long does a bridge last?”
The average lifespan of a bridge averages to about 10 years before needing to be replaced.\
When is a bridge the wrong treatment for a missing tooth?”
If a single tooth is missing and the adjacent teeth are in good condition, an implant may be the better option.
Also, very long spans of missing teeth (more than two missing teeth in a row) can reduce the expected service life of a bridge.
What material is a bridge made from?”
It depends on the esthetic challenges and expected stress the material will undergo.
We choose the material according to the needs of each particular situation. Most of our bridges are All-zirconia (a very strong ceramic) or porcelain fused to metal.[
My bridge feels loose.
Something is wrong if a bridge is loose. Either the teeth supporting the bridge are unstable, or the bridge is coming loose from the natural part of the tooth.
I don’t want a good tooth to be reshaped to hold the bridge
Ask Dr. Murphy if an implant would be a better option for you.
I think bridges cost too much
Ask Dr. Murphy if a removable partial would be a cost effective option for you.