What Is A Dental Bridge?
You have a gap between two remaining teeth when you lose a tooth. Dental bridges are dental appliances that cover that gap. Road bridges use supports on riverbanks to hold a deck over the gap. Dental bridges use the same concept. The bridge has two abutments on the ends. These abutments connect to the teeth in your mouth and hold an artificial tooth in place.
The artificial tooth fills the gap, supporting surrounding teeth and preventing serious health issues from missing teeth, such as headaches and facial degeneration.
How Many Teeth Can Be On A Bridge?
Most dental bridges hold three teeth or fewer. However, in some cases, it’s possible for a bridge to replace four or five missing teeth. It depends on the location of the missing teeth you need to replace and the number of natural teeth you still have.
How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?
A dental bridge’s lifespan depends on the type of bridge, how well it’s cared for, and the materials used. Temporary bridges have a lifespan of several months to a year. Long-term bridges may need to be replaced every five to 15 years.