If you’ve lost teeth or suffered from a dental emergency, a dental bridge might be the best option for you. With a bridge, you can quickly regain your confidence and comfort.
From front tooth bridges to a traditional fixed bridge, there are many different kinds of dental bridges. If you have questions like “what bridge is right for me?” or “how long does a dental bridge last?” keep reading below. Dr. Ross has collected important need-to-know information about bridges to help you make an informed decision.
Broadly speaking, a dental bridge is a permanent solution for missing teeth. A bridge consists of two crowns, which are placed on existing teeth, and artificial teeth that are connected to those crowns to fill in the gaps left by missing teeth.
Dental bridges replace missing teeth in the front of the mouth. Because this area is so visible, Dr. Ross places a special emphasis on making these bridges as natural-looking as possible. We also have more flexibility when creating front tooth bridges since your front teeth don’t see as much wear and tear as your molars and the other teeth in the back of your mouth.
Front tooth bridges shouldn’t just look good; they should feel good, too. Their design allows them to absorb the shock of chewing and biting so that you can enjoy all the foods you love without worry.
The best two options for people who are missing teeth are dental bridges and implants. Bridges, as described above, are “anchored” in your mouth by two crowns placed on existing teeth. Fixed bridges are bridges that cannot be removed.
In comparison, implants consist of a metal rod that is inserted into your jaw and an artificial tooth that is mounted on that rod.
A dental bridge might be preferable in a situation where missing teeth are surrounded by broken teeth, because we can put a crown on the broken teeth to protect them and anchor your bridge on that crown. In terms of timelines, a dental implant can take as many as twelve months to heal.
When you search “how long does a dental bridge last” online, you’re likely to get a wide range of answers. That’s because the longevity of your bridge depends on several different factors. Front tooth bridges typically last between five and ten years, to even 30 years, depending on the materials used and the extent of your at-home oral health routine.
If you’re ready to transform your smile or need emergency dental work for a missing tooth, we’re here to help. At Pueblo West Neighborhood Dental and Implants, we offer NEXT-DAY bridges so that our patients don’t have to wait in discomfort for the work that they need.
We want to hear from you, whether it’s to find out more about front tooth bridges, to ask a question like “how long does a dental bridge last?” or to decide whether a fixed bridge is right for you. Contact us today and let us know how we can help you achieve the smile of your dreams!