Pros and Cons of Fixed Bridges

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A fixed dental bridge is a type of dental restoration that consists of an artificial tooth suspended between two crowns and is designed to fit over natural teeth or dental implants. Fixed bridges can be a good option for many patients. You can decide if they are right for you by weighing the pros and cons.

Pros

Bridges are minimally invasive even when placed over your own natural teeth. They can be completed in two to three dental visits, and can provide you with a comfortable, attractive solution to tooth loss. Since the bridge is permanently bonded to the abutment teeth, it will continue to provide you with service for many years as long as you take care of it.

Cons

Because bridges are supported by dental crowns, they require natural teeth to be prepared through the removal of enamel. Although, if the teeth are not strong or if they develop decay, the entire bridge could fail. While bridges are designed to last for many years, they may need to be replaced periodically. Additionally, a dental bridge does not help stimulate the bone tissue unless it is used with implants, meaning that bone loss can occur.

Call us today to learn more about how dental bridges work to give you back your smile or to schedule an appointment with our dentist in Northridge.