What Are Dental Bridges?

mature gentleman thinkingA dental bridge is used to close a gap created by one or more missing teeth. Consisting of one or more replacement teeth bordered by a pair of dental crowns on either side, a bridge is typically supported by the teeth adjacent to the gap, called abutment teeth. The crowns on the side of the bridge are bonded to the abutment teeth, holding the dental prosthetic in place as it restores your smile’s beauty and function.

Why Would I Need A Dental Bridge?

Besides rebuilding your confidence, replacing missing teeth also helps restore the vital functions that your teeth are responsible for, like processing your food and enunciating your words clearly. If you’ve lost a single tooth, or a few teeth in a row, then a dental bridge may be the option for reestablishing a full, healthy, beautiful smile.

What Are The Benefits?

Chances are, if you have gaps in your smile, you may be reluctant to show it. Once a dental bridge is placed, it can boost your confidence by improving your smile, as well as your mouth’s ability to bite and chew properly. By restoring the equilibrium of a full set of teeth, a dental bridge can also prevent further dental damage due to excessive pressure from an uneven bite.

Caring For A Dental Bridge

When caring for a dental bridge, it is best to exercise proper oral care, as you would with your natural teeth. Brushing and flossing at least twice every day are key factors when it comes to dental care at home. This will prevent plaque buildup, which can lead to gum disease, tooth decay, and eventually tooth loss. Regular dental cleanings are also essential, as they can allow your dentist to ensure your dental bridge’s continued success, as well as spot and treat early signs of trouble.

ABOUT YOUR SHREWSBURY COSMETIC DENTISTS:

At Modern Dentistry, Todd A. Pizzi, DDS, and Luciana Messina, DDS, are dedicated to providing high-quality cosmetic, restorative, and preventive dentistry services to patients and families in Shrewsbury, Worcester, North and South Grafton, Westborough, Southborough, Northborough, Boylston, Hopkinton, Millbury, and all surrounding communities. To schedule your next appointment, contact our office by calling (508) 842-6356 today.