What You Should Know About Dental Bridges

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What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a dental appliance that fills the gap of one or more missing teeth. A dental bridge provides support to nearby teeth while replacing the missing teeth with false teeth made from a variety of materials, including porcelain fused to metal.

Why you might need a dental bridge

When there’s a space left by missing teeth, it can create shifting in other areas which can cause pain and damage to surrounding teeth. It can also make it hard to chew properly.

Types of dental bridges

There are four main types of dental bridges. These are: 

  • A traditional dental bridge
  • A Maryland dental bridge
  • A cantilever dental bridge
  • An implant-supported bridge

Dental bridge procedure

The dentist will prepare the teeth on either side of the space with crowns or dental implants to provide support for the replacement bridge.

FAQs about the procedure

What are the risks involved with dental bridges?  

There are minimal risks to getting a bridge. However, those who have tried them and had problems in the past might want to consider using other options.

How long do dental bridges last?  

Good oral hygiene and seeing your dentist regularly not only prevents tooth decay, it can add years to the life of a dental bridge. Brush your teeth at least twice per day, floss once daily or more if you have gum disease, and schedule annual checkups.

Can I get a dental bridge without dental implants?  

Yes, but implants may be needed if you do not have healthy teeth on either side of the gap where a dental bridge can connect.

Are there alternatives to getting a dental bridge?  

Yes, there are. A dental implant can also restore missing teeth. However, a dental bridge and a dental implant are two very different tooth replacement options. An implant needs to be surgically implanted whereas a dental bridge is quicker and less invasive.

Prosthodontists can help

Dental bridges can restore function and beauty with natural-looking results.

At Dakota Prosthodontics & Implant Center we offer a full range of options for improving your teeth. Our goal is to give our patients functional smiles they can be proud of while improving their ability to enjoy all the foods they love again without worry.

For more information, or to schedule a consultation appointment, please contact us today. We look forward to helping you discover your smile again.


Content found on this blog is intended for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional judgement, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please speak with a professional if you have concerns about your oral health.