A fixed bridge is a custom replacement made to fill one or more missing teeth. If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may be aware of their importance to your appearance and dental health. A bridge helps support your lips and cheeks. The loss of a back tooth may cause your mouth to sink and your face to look older. Missing teeth can and should be replaced. Fixed bridges are a great way to restore your dental health and appearance. All of your teeth play an important role in speaking, chewing and in ensuring the other teeth are aligned properly. Tooth loss doesn’t necessarily have to occur as you age, but if you do lose teeth they must be replaced to maintain proper function of your mouth.
Typically, two visits are required to prepare, adjust and cement a permanent bridge. Artificial teeth are attached to teeth present with a structure made of precious or non-precious alloy, porcelain, zirconium or a combination. With good hygiene, the lifespan of a bridge is around 15 years.
Dental health is the most important reason for a bridge. Teeth were designed to complement each other. Unusual stresses are placed on the gums and other oral tissues when teeth are missing, causing a number of potentially harmful disorders. Increased risk of gum disease has proven to be one of the worst side effects of missing teeth and can be minimized with a bridge.