How dental bridges can replace one or more teeth in the smile

The replacement of missing teeth needs to be done as soon as possible to avoid further problems with the smile. Not only can a missing tooth impact the appearance of the smile, but it can make speaking and chewing difficult. When teeth are lost or extracted, Drs. David Bingham and Don Cook of Northwest Dental Center in Boise, Idaho, may help patients determine the best replacement option for their unique needs. Often, they may suggest the benefits of fixed dental bridges.

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a prosthetic tooth anchored in place by two porcelain crowns on either side of the gap in the smile. The bridge is custom-made to look like natural teeth and is intended to restore the appearance and functionality of the smile. A dental bridge is often a fixed appliance, not a removable appliance, and can replace one or more teeth in a row. They are more affordable than dental implants but more permanent than a partial denture.

What are the benefits of a dental bridge?

Drs. David Bingham and Don Cook encourage patients to ask about dental bridges and how they can restore the smile. In addition, the team at Northwest Dental Center will also cover the advantages of using dental bridges over alternative options. Some of the benefits that dental bridges provide include:

  • Restoration of the appearance and functionality of the smile
  • Prevention of further tooth decay and damage to surrounding teeth
  • Efficient chewing and speaking ability

How long will a dental bridge last?

On average, a dental bridge should last between five and seven years. However, with proper oral care, it may last longer. We recommend seeing the dentist every six months as directed by the American Dental Association to keep tabs on the dental bridge placement and ensure it is functioning at its best!

Am I a candidate for a dental bridge?

The best candidates for dental bridges are patients with adjacent teeth that can support the bridge or a space that would allow for the placement of a dental implant to function as support on one or both sides of the bridge. To find out for sure, contact the team at Northwest Dental Center of Boise, ID at (208) 314-4416 to schedule an appointment.