What is a Dental Bridge?
Dental Bridges also known as Porcelain fixed bridges typically consists of two crowns (one on each side of the gap created by missing tooth/teeth) and a false tooth/teeth (that fill in the gap and is attached to the crowns). These two crowned ‘anchoring teeth’ are called abutment teeth. These supporting teeth can be natural teeth or dental implants.
Why do I need a bridge?
A Dental Bridge will improve the function of your teeth and improve your appearance by giving you a better smile. Aesthetically a bridge will support the lower part of the face, and if you have the loss of a back tooth it can result in the cheeks appearing sunken, which can cause the face to look more aged.
Good oral health is the main reason for replacing a missing tooth with a bridge. Upper and Lower teeth are meant to work in tandem when chewing and when you have a missing tooth it can create stress on the gums and the overall structure of the mouth which can lead to gum disease.
How do I care for a dental bridge?
Just as you would with your natural teeth, make sure to thoroughly brush and floss around the bridge and surrounding teeth. Good oral hygiene will help prevent the build-up of bacteria on your teeth and gums thus preventing gum disease.
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