Patients who are missing multiple teeth next to each other may benefit from dental bridges. A dental bridge is a teeth replacement solution that uses dental crowns at each end with one or more pontics in the middle. Dental bridges offer many benefits. For example, they help a person improve their chewing and speaking ability. Since missing teeth can lead to sunken cheeks, dental bridges can help redefine a patient’s face. Replacing missing teeth also offers cosmetic benefits, helping to improve one’s appearance.
Most importantly, dental bridges improve oral health. When teeth are missing, tooth decay and gum disease are more likely to occur. This occurs because natural teeth shift, which makes it hard to clean between teeth. This also causes teeth to be exposed to bacteria, which increases tartar and plaque production. By replacing their missing teeth as soon as possible, patients can avoid all these risks.
What is the dental bridge process?
To replace missing adjacent teeth, a dental bridge can anchor to existing teeth or dental implants. The natural teeth will receive crowns, while the dental implants will use abutments. The dental bridges are then secured with cement.
How long can my dental bridge last?
With proper dental care, a dental bridge can last as long as 15 years.
How should I maintain my dental bridge?
A dental bridge requires normal maintenance. All you need to do is brush and floss daily and see your dentist on a regular basis for exams and cleanings.
Are there dietary restrictions?
With dental bridges, you can eat normally to some extent. It is recommended that you avoid candy and other hard food to prevent damage. Should the dental bridge become damaged, contact your dentist immediately. The teeth, gums, and implants can become infected if not treated promptly.
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