Replacing missing teeth as soon as possible is important to prevent the development of additional dental problems. Missing teeth not only affect your dental health, but also your sense of self-confidence and daily quality of life. At Kanning Dental in Lawson and Richmond, MO, our dentists offer both traditional and the latest advanced treatment options to replace one or more missing teeth. A dental bridge is a conservative option that can restore dental health and bring back a functional, comfortable smile.
Types of Dental Bridges
Kanning Dental offers several types of dental bridges to meet the needs of every patient. A dental bridge can be either fixed or removable.
Removable Dental Bridge
Our dentists will only use a removable bridge as a temporary restoration. We will use this short term solution if you have to wait on your permanent bridge to be made in a dental lab. It will help maintain tooth position and make sure you do not go without teeth for any length of time.
Fixed Dental Bridge
A fixed bridge is made up of two dental crowns that are located on each end. Then the replacement teeth are in the middle. This type of bridge requires the use of two adjacent teeth. The dental crowns are cemented to the adjacent teeth which will hold the bridge securely in place.
Dental Implant Supported Bridge
This is similar to a fixed dental bridge however the bridge is secured to dental implants. Dental implants offer the best support for any dental appliance. This type of bridge can replace several consecutive missing teeth.
A dental bridge can last for many years with proper care and routine dental visits to ensure the health of the remaining teeth and the integrity of the dental bridge. Our dental care team will provide daily care instructions to help you maintain your new appliance as well as healthy teeth between visits.
Dental Bridge FAQs
How many teeth can a dental bridge replace?
Typically one to four teeth however they most commonly replace one to two teeth. There are several factors that determine if the bridge is capable of replacing more than two teeth. There must be enough teeth on either side of the gap to support the bridge. Those teeth also must be healthy and strong enough to take on the extra force. The larger the bridge is, the less stable it will become. However, if you use two dental implants to secure the bridge, it can replace up to five or six teeth.
How long will my dental bridge last?
A dental bridge can last anywhere from five to fifteen years. We have even seen patients with bridges that lasts longer than that! The key is to take great care of your new restoration and your oral hygiene. Regular brushing, flossing, and professional teeth cleanings will help keep your teeth and gums healthy to support it. Your dentist will give you instructions on how to properly care for the dental bridge to prolong it’s use.
Can I remove my bridge by myself?
No, the dental bridge will be fixed inside your mouth. A traditional fixed bridge is bonded to the two abutment teeth (the two teeth located on both sides of the gap). An implant secured bridge will also be permanently attached to the dental implants. In both cases, only your dentist will be able to remove the bridge.