Generally speaking, the main advantages of having a dental bridge are:
In a traditional fixed bridge, not only can you fill the space of the missing tooth, you can improve the colour and the shape of the teeth that you are crowning either side. This gives the technician a little more space to play with and allows a bit of flexibility in creating a desirable result. Porcelain looks great, matches the natural teeth exceptionally well and is very resistant to staining.
A bridge is fixed in your mouth- you don't have to worry about taking it out to clean it like a partial denture. It is very important that you look after it and follow the special cleaning advice for bridges
If the teeth either side are heavily filled or broken down then by crowning these teeth as part of the bridge you are actually helping to strengthen them and replace your missing tooth at the same time.
Studies have shown that fixed bridgework, like individual crowns, is very predictable, durable and lasts a considerable length of time. That said, they aren't as good as natural teeth and once your teeth are prepared for this type of bridge
, there's no going back. Your teeth will always need a crown/bridge. Should you opt for a resin-retained or bonded bridge, it would not be expected to last as long as another type of bridge.
A bridge in general takes only a little longer than a single crown (depending on the size and type of the bridge) and once the decision to make a bridge has been made, unless part of a more complex treatment plan, it takes just two appointments from start to finish. This is a much quicker procedure than having an implant or even a partial denture.
- Less invasive than implants
Implants require one or more surgical procedures to place the implant or implants. You may also require bone grafting if you have insufficient natural bone available. For anyone who is unable to undergo implant surgery for medical reasons, it is a great fixed alternative.