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What Is a Dental Bridge?

Posted by Dr. Soto May 24, 2019

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If you’ve lost a tooth, your dentist may recommend you get a dental bridge.

A dental bridge is a custom-made tooth replacement created by a dentist to fill the gap in your set of teeth. It can improve oral functioning, helping with your bite and ability to chew, as well as improve the look of your mouth, jaw, and teeth.

Why You May Need a Dental Bridge

Losing a tooth is no laughing matter. Every tooth in your set of teeth is essential to proper functioning of your mouth. Moreover, missing a tooth makes your other teeth tilt into the gap and make the upper teeth hit into the space of the missing tooth.Ultimately, your bite will be affected, and chances are you will be feeling some degree of discomfort. In addition, teeth that have tilted into an unnatural position will be harder to clean, which makes you prone to developing cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease.

Furthermore, your jawbone may shrink in response to a missing tooth, which can affect the appearance of your lips and cheeks. Your face may take on a saggy, older look. All things considered, missing teeth should be addressed early on before you damage your remaining teeth and jaw.

Types of Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are created from ceramics or metal. What your dentist uses largely depends on your specific needs and what’s more suitable for you. In many cases, dental bridges are a combination of ceramics and metal.

There are many different types of dental bridges. Your dentist will recommend the type of dental bridge that is best for you according to your type of tooth loss.

  • Traditional Dental Bridge. A traditional bridge is most often recommended for those who have natural teeth on either side of the gap. The fake tooth is held in place by a dental crown. Then, the crown is cemented on the teeth that are in line with the missing tooth.
  • Implant-Supported Bridge. Implant-supported bridges are recommended when you have more than one missing tooth. Unlike traditional dental bridges, these bridges are supported by dental implants. An implant is placed for every missing tooth to hold the bridge in place.

Life With Dental Bridges

There are very specific care instructions for people with dental bridges. And not everyone with a missing tooth or teeth are eligible for dental bridges because it also depends on the health of your supporting teeth and jawbone.

See your dentist who can determine whether you are a good candidate for a dental bridge as well as how to care for it. You should be aware that dental bridges require regular professional cleanings, just like regular teeth do.

Dr. Ernie Soto of Plantation, Florida, specializes in cosmetic and implant dentistry and provides a wide range of dental services to help you maintain a beautiful smile. To schedule your consultation, contact (954) 368-6264 or request an appointment now.

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