What is a Dental Bridge?
A bridge can be used to replace a missing tooth. The teeth on either side of the space are crowned with a “pontic,” or false tooth connecting them. If a tooth is removed without replacement, you may run the risk of having adjacent teeth drift and tilt or the teeth in the opposite jaw erupt further. This can affect your bite and could lead to stress on the remaining teeth as well as jaw pain. The downside of a bridge is that adjacent teeth must be restored. These teeth may or may not be perfectly healthy teeth. Bridges are fabricated in the same way as single crowns with the same options in the materials used. A little more time is needed because 2 or more teeth must be prepared. Bridges can also be made to fit implants that have been placed to replace several missing teeth. Click here to learn more about implants.
Home Care for Dental Bridges
Home care for bridges can be slightly more challenging than that of natural teeth or implants. You must keep the space between the teeth and under the “pontic tooth” clean by using a floss threader, interdental brush or other tool. If you have questions about how to care for your new or existing bridge, please ask us. We want to see these great results that we have all worked hard to achieve last a lifetime!