Dental Bridges Questions - Medford Dentists

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What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a tooth restoration that is affixed to one or more adjacent teeth to hold a dental restoration in place. In most cases, dental bridges are supported by dental crowns placed over and bonded to teeth on either side of a gap.

What are the benefits of a dental bridge?

Missing teeth present both functional and aesthetic problems. While they can detract from the appearance of your smile, missing teeth can also allow adjacent teeth to shift out of place, change bite tension, lead to uneven tooth wear, and even promote additional tooth loss. Dental bridges are incredibly effective at preventing all of these issues.

Who is a good candidate for a dental bridge?

Dental bridges are a good solution for people who are not interested in a removable tooth replacement option such as dentures. If you are free of gum disease and have healthy teeth that can support a bridge, they may be a good option for you. The only way to know for sure whether dental bridges are an option for you is to schedule an appointment with our experienced dentists.

Are dental bridges permanent?

Dental bridges are not a permanent solution. Generally, dental bridges last anywhere from five to 10 years, or possibly longer, before they need to be replaced.

Do dental bridges prevent jaw deterioration?

When you lose a tooth, its root is also lost. This, in time, will cause your jaw to change shape as bone around the missing tooth is reabsorbed by the body. Dental bridges replace the missing tooth, but not its root. To prevent jaw shrinkage, dental implants are the best solution.

Will my dental bridge look fake?

The advanced aesthetic processes used by our dentists can help make your dental bridge fit flawlessly into your smile. The dental crowns used for bridge support and the replacement tooth are shaped and colored to match adjacent teeth, making your bridge virtually undetectable.

How are dental bridges cared for?

Caring for your dental bridge is essentially the same as caring for your natural teeth. You should still brush after every meal and snack, and floss at least once daily. However, you will not be able to floss in between the dental crowns holding your bridge. As always, you should continue to visit us for your regularly scheduled appointments where we will check to ensure your dental bridge is maintaining its strength and continuing to benefit your smile.

If you live in or around Boston and have questions about dental bridges, please contact Cosmetic & Esthetic Dentistry today to schedule an appointment.