A dental bridge is a cosmetic dental treatment that fills the gap when one or more missing teeth need to be replaced. This bridge is made of two or more crowns on teeth adjacent to a false tooth or teeth. The bridge is a fixed prosthetic device cemented into place. Beyond helping with proper replacement for missing or extracted teeth, a dental bridge of crowns may also strengthen the structure of teeth with large or numerous fillings. These bridges make everyday activities, especially eating the foods you love, much easier.
When you have a bridge, you want to make sure to be especially meticulous with your oral hygiene. Getting to those hard to reach places and flossing is essential for maintaining the health of your gums and teeth. Follow the home care instructions of your dentist and hygienist carefully.
Is a Dental Bridge Right for You?
Dental bridges serve both functional and cosmetic purposes. They provide a strong and stable chewing surface. It does not need to be removed for cleaning and cannot slip out of place. It perfectly fills the gap created by missing teeth, keeping your smile complete. Still, a dental bridge is not the only choice and not always the best choice for tooth replacement.
Because of advancements in dental technology, dentists can now replace teeth individually with an implant made of a durable titanium post topped with a crown. Unlike a bridge, titanium lasts a lifetime and like a crown can also be made to look like the enamel during the procedure. If your tooth loss is recent, you might ask about this option. Your dentist can recommend the best choice for you: a bridge, dental implants or partial dentures.
Contact South Blvd Dentistry today for an appointment and find out if a dental bridge is the right option for you when replacing one or more missing teeth. Most dental insurance covers bridgework. For what your insurance does not cover, we have flexible payment options and CareCredit, which is a third-party financing option.