What Job Does a Bridge Actually Have for Your Mouth?
Posted on 9/7/2020 by Front Desk
If you have a missing tooth or teeth, we may recommend that you get a dental bridge. Usually, the bridge we prescribe is a traditional bridge, or a bridge that is placed with implants. What you choose will depend on your budget and the location of the restoration.
What Does a Bridge Do?
A bridge is a type of restoration that fills in a gap in a smile. For example, we will place a bridge in the mouth if a tooth has been extracted and we need to fill in the space. This is done by making an appliance that involves a fake tooth, called a pontic, and two abutments on either side of the tooth. We place crowns on the natural teeth used for the abutments. By taking this approach, we will close in the gap and improve the functionality and looks of the smile. We may also use implants to create a bridge, adding one implant for each missing tooth. A bridge will make it easier for you to smile, eat, and chew. It will also keep your teeth in place, or keep them from shifting and becoming misaligned. We often support the use of implants, as a traditional bridge, using cemented crowns, can increase the stress on the natural teeth.
Caring for a Bridge
When caring for a bridge, you will need to brush your teeth and floss twice a day. However, when flossing the bridge, you will need to use a threader. The plastic threader can be inserted beneath the bridge to remove any food particles and plaque. Also, it is a good idea to use a water flosser to ensure that the area is well cleaned.
If you would like to know more about the benefits of getting a dental bridge, call us for all the details. You can reach us by phone or online, at your convenience, to schedule an appointment for an assessment and consultation.
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