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The Benefit of Dental Bridges

Dental bridges replace missing teeth by bridging the gap between natural teeth or implants. They restore your smile, improve chewing and speaking abilities, and prevent dental issues like shifting teeth or TMJ disorders.

Bridges offer a range of benefits including restoring proper eating and speaking abilities, improving oral health, enhancing digestion and nutrition, and preventing adjacent teeth from shifting. Even if a missing tooth is not immediately visible, it can greatly affect daily life, but a bridge can help restore function and overall quality of life. Contact Rai Family Dentistry for more information and to determine if a bridge is the right solution for you.

Rai Family Dentistry | Safford, VA

Why might I need a Dental Bridge?

Losing a tooth can lead to various issues:

  • Smile quality diminishes, impacting confidence, especially if it’s a front tooth.
  • Eating becomes more difficult.
  • Food trapping between teeth can raise gum disease risk.
  • Adjacent teeth endure more stress, heightening damage risk.
  • Digestion and nutrition may suffer.
  • Development of a lisp is possible.
  • Adjacent teeth may shift, disrupting natural bite alignment.
Dental Bridges

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Dental Bridge and how does it replace missing teeth?

A dental bridge is a common dental restoration used to replace one or more missing teeth. Typically, a fixed bridge, made from ceramic, includes a replacement tooth (pontic) attached to dental crowns on either side (abutment teeth) to anchor it securely into place, restoring both function and aesthetics.

How is a Dental Bridge placed?

The process of placing a bridge typically involves two appointments. During the first appointment, the abutment teeth are prepared by removing a portion of the enamel under local anesthesia to ensure proper fitting of the bridge. An impression of the mouth is then taken and sent to a dental lab for custom restoration creation, which can take up to two weeks. At the second appointment, the bridge is checked for proper fit and bite alignment before being bonded into place on the abutment teeth.

Are Dental Bridges Permanent?

Similar to implants, dentures, and other false teeth appliances, dental bridges are not susceptible to decay like natural teeth. However, proper care and maintenance are crucial to maximize the lifespan of your bridge. By adhering to a routine of brushing, flossing, and attending regular dental check-ups, your dental bridge can last up to 15 years without requiring replacement. In most cases, patients can expect at least 10 years of functionality from their bridge. Although bridges do not decay, they can still experience damage such as chipping or cracking. If any damage occurs, it’s important to contact us promptly at 1 (347) 379-1879 OR: 1 (718) 745-7711 to arrange for a replacement.

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