Crowns and Bridges
A bridge is fixed dental device used to replace one or more missing teeth. Bridges fuse an artificial tooth to adjacent teeth and/or dental implants (depending on the health of the other teeth). If several teeth are missing, a fixed bridge may not be possible and you may be recommended a denture or an implant.
A bridge is a long-term restoration used to replace a missing tooth and when well cared for, can have a very long lifespan. The lifespan of a bridge is also dependent on the strength of the material used (porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, metal, composite), the length of the span of missing teeth bridged (longer bridges must withstand higher stress) and the quality of the underlying teeth that are supporting the bridge.
As with natural teeth, it is important to care for your bridge – exercise excellent oral hygiene practices of brushing and flossing, eat a balanced diet and see your dentist regularly to ensure that the bridge is being cleaned underneath and to prevent decay at the margins of the supporting teeth.