A dental bridge quite literally bridges the gap where one of more teeth may have been previously.
The success of the dental bridge depends on the foundation of the anchor teeth (AKA abutment teeth), the gums, and the supporting bone of the anchor teeth.
A dental bridge typically lasts anywhere from 5 to 15 years. Sometimes they last even longer. Most dental bridges fail when patients don’t keep up with their oral hygiene, particularly under the bridge. It is very important to brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily, especially under the bridge itself with a floss threader. See below
Floss threader in blue color. The dental floss in white is passed through the loop
The floss threader now guides the floss under the Pontic. Once the floss is passed under the Pontic, it can be used to swipe back and forth from anchor tooth to anchor tooth to clean out the food debris.
Always make a routine visit to your dentist to make sure the natural teeth covered by the bridge don’t develop a cavity from poor oral hygiene, smoking, dietary changes or health changes.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
* They help restore your smile
* They restore your natural ability to chew and speak properly
* They help maintain the shape of your face
* They properly distribute the forces in your bite
* Prevent your remaining teeth from drifting apart and out of their normal position, which causes dental sensitivity and pain.
Are you curious if a bridge is right for you? Give us a call and our team will answer your questions. We will examine you and let you know if a bridge may be your best option.