Dental bridges can last 5 to 10 years and even longer. With good oral hygiene and regular prophylaxis, it is NOT unusual for the life span of a fixed bridge to be over 10 years.
Replacing missing teeth should actually make eating easier. Until you become accustomed to the bridge, eat soft foods that have been cut into small pieces.
It can be difficult to speak clearly when teeth are missing in the front or anterior areas. Wearing a dental bridge with the anterior teeth in their proper relationship will help you speak properly.
It is important to keep your remaining teeth healthy and strong as the success of the bridge (depending on the type selected) depends on the solid foundation offered by the surrounding teeth. Brushing twice a day and flossing daily helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease that can lead to tooth loss. Your dentist or dental hygienist can demonstrate how to properly brush and floss your teeth. Keeping a regular cleaning schedule will help diagnose problems at an early stage when treatment has a better prognosis. Selecting a balanced diet for proper nutrition is also important.
During the first visits, the abutment teeth are prepared. Preparation involves recontouring these teeth by removing a portion of enamel to allow room for a crown to be placed over them. Next, impressions of your teeth are made, which serve as a model from which the bridge, pontic, and crowns will be made by a dental laboratory. Your dentist will make a temporary bridge for you to wear to protect the exposed teeth and gums while your bridge is being made.
During the following visits, and the new permanent bridge will be checked and adjusted to achieve a proper fit. Multiple visits may be required to check the fit of the bridge framework and bite and this is dependent on each individual's case. Once the permanent bridge is fitting perfectly, it will be permanently cemented into place.
Upper anterior teeth show numerous large defects and very crooked teeth. Dental bridges are the treatment of choice for this case to restore the beauty and function.