Prosthetic Dentistry

FIXED BRIDGES

With prosthetic dentistry, bridgework is a way to replace missing teeth without using dental implant techniques. There are fixed bridges, where teeth are either bonded to, or capped over, to replace the missing tooth.

In this animated loop, an artificial tooth is centered between two dental crowns to form the bridge. The dental bridge is then cemented to the natural teeth on either side of the space.

Treatment Time:
Generally three to four weeks.

Patient Maintenance:
Daily cleaning under bridgework with floss threaders.

Results of Treatment:
Cosmetic replacement of lost tooth or teeth.

Average Range of Treatment Life Expectancy:

Ten to fifteen years average life.

Advantages:

  • Long life.
  • Cleansable.
  • Improves your bite.
  • Helps prevent movement of adjacent and opposing teeth.

Other Considerations:

  • Making a dental bridge requires capping the neighboring teeth to span the empty tooth space.
  • In some cases it may be difficult to make look natural because of the size and shape of the missing tooth space.
  • Expert dental skill is needed to match porcelain color to your natural tooth color.
  • Bridgework requires the use of a floss threader to clean underneath the fake tooth, otherwise the capped natural teeth can re-decay.