What is a dental bridge?
Dental bridges – also known as fillers, false teeth, or partial dentures – can be used to restore the appearance of two or more missing or damaged teeth and keep your other teeth from moving out of place. A bridge has a crown on each end which fit over the teeth either side of the gap left by the missing tooth or teeth to act as an anchor. The artificial tooth or teeth connecting the crowns fit into the gap.
What can I expect during installation?
After determining with your dentist that a dental bridge is the best solution to replace your missing tooth or teeth, your dentist will first prepare the abutment, or anchor, teeth. A second appointment, will be arranged for your bridge to be set into place. At first, your new bridge may feel a little bulky, but this sensation will subside as you become accustomed to it. A follow-up will allow your dentist to check the bridge and make any necessary adjustments to ensure your comfort.
How do I look after a dental bridge?
Taking proper care of a dental bridge isn’t that different from caring for your natural teeth. We recommend routine brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush for two minutes each day. Additionally, flossing regularly between the base of the bridge and the gum tissue will help to prevent gum disease and tooth decay.