A dental bridge is nearly exactly how it sounds; prosthetic teeth acting as a ‘bridge’ between your natural teeth. Your dentist may recommend a bridge as part of your dental care plan if you are missing teeth but the surrounding teeth are healthy and strong. Bridges are fixed, meaning they are permanently attached, and look and feel like your natural teeth.
Even if you are only missing a few teeth, a dental bridge can prevent further damage to your teeth. Missing teeth put pressure on your remaining teeth, which can result in the loss of more of your natural teeth. Your dentist may recommend a bridge to help your remaining teeth stay healthy and strong.
There are several types of bridges, known as Maryland bridges, cantilever bridges, and traditional bridges. Depending on the condition of your teeth, your dentist will recommend the type that is the best fit for you.
No matter what type of bridge you get, your comfort is top priority. Your dentist first will administer a local anesthetic to minimize any discomfort. Next, the teeth surrounding the missing tooth or teeth will be prepared, which may include reshaping, filing, and filling in hollowed areas. Next, your dentist will take a mold of your teeth to ensure that your bridge will fit precisely into place.
Once your bridge is made, your dentist will test the fit, making sure that your bite is correct. After making any necessary adjustments, your bridge will be cemented into place.
Your bridge will need cared for just as your natural teeth, with daily brushing and flossing. Your dentist may recommend a specific type of floss to make sure that you are able to properly clean under and around your bridge.
It is generally a good idea to avoid hard or sticky food to preserve the life of your bridge.
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