Dental bridges are an option we offer that is meant to bridge a gap, usually created by the absence of one or more teeth, between two teeth. Typically, the presence of teeth in the area act as an anchoring point for a false tooth called a pontic – made of either gold, porcelain, alloys, or a combination of those materials – to be placed. Missing teeth are not uncommon; in fact, the American Dental Association reports that adults between the ages of 20 and 64 years old have three decayed or missing teeth. The good news is that we offer several options for missing teeth replacement in the form of dental bridges.
Dental bridges can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years – or even longer. With excellent hygiene and regular checkups, having a dental bridge last over 10 years is not uncommon. Additionally, dental bridges should help you eat and speak better than you did with missing teeth, though it may take some time to get accustomed to it. For eating, until you become used to it, you should try to eat soft foods that have been cut into smaller pieces.