A bridge, also known as a fixed removable denture, is made to replace one or more missing teeth. Bridges can be supported in any of three ways: natural teeth, implants, or a combination of teeth and implants. The false tooth is attached to the surrounding teeth to fill the empty space.
Dental bridges last 5 – 15 years, sometimes even longer. With proper care, a 10-year lifespan is not unusual, justifying the cost to most patients. The cost of dental bridges varies depending on the type of bridge. Your insurance plan will usually pay a percentage of the fee.
Caring for your bridge heavily involves caring for your remaining teeth, as the bridge uses them as foundation to stay in place. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing helps prevent tooth decay. Also try to go in for a regular cleaning with your dentist and eat a balanced diet.