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What You Need to Know about Dental Bridges and Their Care

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Losing a tooth can be a traumatic experience, not just for how it looks but also for how it feels. After tooth loss, you are faced with deciding how you want to restore your smile. There are a few options available to you, each with its pros and cons. 

Dental bridges are a popular option for replacing one or more missing teeth. Bridges can be made from various materials, including metal, ceramic, or porcelain. They are typically attached to the natural teeth on either side of the gap, known as abutment teeth.

These dental prostheses are ideal for people who want to restore their smile and improve their chewing function. They are also a good option for people who do not want to wear dentures. If you are considering getting one, you must know the basics.

How It Works 

A dental bridge is an excellent way to replace a missing tooth. The bridge uses two natural teeth on either side of the missing tooth for support. It adds stability to the bridge and makes it a strong and durable restoration.

As mentioned, it can be made from various materials, but most are made from porcelain or ceramic. It is because these materials can match the color of your natural teeth. The bridge is then bonded to the natural teeth on either side of the gap.

These bridge-anchoring teeth have dental crowns fused to a “floating” crown in the middle. The floating crown supports the false tooth (or pontic) in the space created by the missing tooth. The pontic is attached to the floating crown, and the entire assembly is cemented to the two supporting teeth.

The advantage of this type of bridge is that it does not require any alteration to the two adjacent teeth (unlike a traditional bridge, which involves preparing the neighboring teeth for crowns). However, the disadvantage is that the floating crown can be more challenging to keep clean and more likely to come loose over time.

How Long Does It Last

Like any dental appliance, your bridge needs to be adequately cared for to last. With proper care, it can last 10 to 15 years or more. Here are a few tips for caring for them:

  • Brush twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Be sure to brush gently, as too much force can damage the bridge.
  • Floss at least once a day. Use a floss threader to help you get the floss under the bridge. 
  • Visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. 
  • Avoid chewing hard foods, ice, or other complex objects. It can damage the bridge. 
  • Do not use your teeth as tools. For example, do not use your teeth to open packages or bottles.

Additional Tips

A custom-made nightguard will protect your bridge from damage that can occur from chronic clenching and grinding. If you suffer from chronic clenching or grinding, you may be causing damage to your teeth and gums. A custom-made nightguard can help protect your teeth from this damage.

Nightguards are made to fit your mouth precisely, making them much more comfortable and effective than over-the-counter options. They also allow you to sleep more peacefully, as you will not have to worry about damaging your teeth.

Conclusion

Dental bridges are an excellent way to replace missing teeth and restore your smile. They are strong and durable and can last for many years with proper care. These dental prostheses are also quite natural looking and can help you to eat and speak normally. 

If you have lost your teeth, you should visit Danvers Aesthetic Family Dentistry. We provide top-notch dental bridges to Danvers residents and can also restore your smile. Schedule an appointment now!

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