Do you have any missing teeth and are looking for replacement options? A dental bridge is an effective and cost-friendly type of restorative dentistry.
In this article, we'll tell you everything you need to know about dental bridges.
If you have missing teeth, dental bridges are procedures that restore the look and function of your smile. They can fill the gap for one or more missing teeth by using an artificial tooth. The bridge is cemented in place and connected to a crown that serves as an anchor to your natural teeth.
The lifespan of a dental bridge can vary between 10 to 15 years if they are of good quality and are well taken care of with proper oral hygiene. On average, they usually last for about seven years. The everyday wear from normal chewing and speaking is usually what affects the durability of a bridge.
In order to place a dental bridge, the teeth that will serve as support will need to be reshaped. This way, the crowns will properly fit over them, and the bridge will be placed correctly.
When a tooth is missing, the gum and bone are no longer stimulated, and they lose density and structure. A dental bridge is not connected to the tissue, and the bone can slowly degrade.
Dental bridges are more affordable than other treatments for replacing missing teeth, such as dental implants. They are also covered by dental insurance, which means that you will likely pay even less for them.
This treatment will not only restore the appearance of your smile, but it will also restore the rest of your face. It prevents remaining teeth from shifting, which could lead to misalignment and bite problems.
Dental implants have the same goal as dental bridges, but they restore the tooth from the root. Implants are anchored in the jawbone, which will help the bone keep its density as it receives constant stimulation.
Dental bridges need to be brushed and cleaned just like natural teeth. Remember to also floss your teeth before or after brushing. Make sure to use a soft-bristle toothbrush to avoid damaging the artificial tooth. Flossing prevents gum disease and tooth decay.
Dental bridges are an affordable solution for missing teeth as they can help you restore the function and aspect of your mouth. While there are things to consider before getting the dental bridge, know that this solution will prevent other health issues from developing because of missing teeth.
If you have any doubts or questions, get in touch with Monarch Dental Arts. We approach dentistry from a holistic perspective, aiming for high-quality treatments in a relaxed environment.
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