Are Dental Bridges Permanent?

Older couple sits next to each other on the couch while smiling with dental bridges

Missing or damaged teeth can lead to a variety of problems beyond just aesthetics. Dental bridges are an excellent solution to anyone with a tooth gap or sunken tooth. They are strong, long-lasting, and feel as natural as your own teeth. Plus, they alleviate discomfort during eating and enhance self-confidence in your smile. If you’ve been considering getting a dental bridge, you may be wondering if it’s worth the time and investment. We’d like to present you with the information and let you be the judge.

What Is a Dental Bridge?

Constructed of porcelain and metal, these durable structures restore the look and feel of a full set of teeth. They’re called “bridges” because they close the gap in smiles with an artificial tooth attached to its neighboring teeth. Considered both a cosmetic and restorative procedure, they prevent health problems that can arise from having sunken teeth. For example, food that is not fully chewed can cause digestive problems, and food that gets trapped in between teeth can lead to food traps. Food traps can cause tooth decay, gum disease, infection, and other oral health problems down the line, like additional tooth loss. Getting a dental bridge can help prevent these problems. This is a fairly easy procedure that will take a few appointments. After which, you’ll have a brand new smile that allows you to eat, chew, and talk without problems!

How Long Will It Last?

Although bridges are strong, built to last, and securely attached to your smile, they are not immune to destruction, much like natural teeth. Even with proper care and good dental hygiene, bridges will need to be replaced about every 10-15 years. But daily brushing and flossing and seeing us for routine checkups will all add to the life of your dental bridge. We also recommend investing in a water flosser to clean around your bridge with ease.

How Much Does it Cost?

Depending on your personal needs, what insurance coverage you carry, and what materials will be used to create your customized bridge, price may vary. Please don’t let this dissuade you from considering it. We will work with you to create a treatment plan that gets you the smile of your dreams. Remember that this investment in your health may also prevent even more expensive (and painful!) problems down the line. Getting the gaps in your smile filled is worth it, especially if you have trouble eating, digesting, talking, or feeling confident.

Restore Your Smile at Moores Chapel Dentistry!

Contact us today if you’re interested in dental bridges. We’ll schedule a consultation and get you on your way to a better smile.

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