Lost teeth and gaps in your smile are not only a cosmetic issue, but they can also lead to problems like food traps, infection, difficulty eating, and embarrassment when smiling or talking. For many patients, a dental bridge is a great tooth replacement option that can solve the issues accompanying missing teeth.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges are realistic-looking artificial teeth anchored to neighboring teeth that literally “bridge” a gap caused by a missing tooth. The neighboring teeth that anchor the bridge in place are either custom-crafted dental crowns placed on natural teeth or surgically implanted dental implants. A bridge allows for proper chewing and speaking, and can be a lasting way to restore a beautiful smile. With proper care, bridges can last 10 or more years!
Caring for a Dental Bridge
Much like the care of your natural teeth, you’ll need to brush and floss daily to ensure your dental bridge remains in good condition and that your gums and surrounding teeth stay healthy. You will also need to take special care to floss underneath your bridge to remove any food particles that can cause bacteria to flourish. A proxabrush and water flosser can make it easier to clean those areas that are difficult to reach with a regular toothbrush and string floss. Additionally, keep up with your routine dental visits here at Spanaway Dental Wellness, drink plenty of water, and eat a balanced diet high in vegetables, whole grains, and fruits.
Consult with Our Expert Team!
For those with missing teeth, a dental bridge might be the perfect way to restore your smile, confidence, and dental health. So if you are interested in this tooth replacement treatment or have questions about how to preserve the longevity of your current dental bridge, we’re here to help. Reach out to our team today via our online contact form, email, or by phone.
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