When a missing tooth creates a gap in your smile it can make everyday life more challenging. Eating can become difficult and many find it embarrassing to smile when an empty space is evident for all to see. Thankfully, with either implants or dental bridges you don’t have to live with missing teeth.
What Is A Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is the most traditional way to replace a missing tooth. It can be a great option when:
The teeth surrounding the gap may need work in the future or have large fillings
The tooth has been missing for a long time which has led to bone loss, creating a less than ideal environment for an implant.
How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?
With good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist for professional cleanings and exams, a dental bridge can last up to 15 years. The main reason that crowns and bridges eventually need replacing is due to cavities and decay. So, the better care you take of them the longer they’ll last.
How Do I Care For My Dental Bridge?
Maintaining a consistent and effective oral hygiene routine is the best way to keep your bridge in optimum shape. Choosing a healthy diet is also beneficial not only for the care of your bridges or crowns, but for your entire mouth. Avoid chewing on hard foods or substances like ice as they can damage crowns and bridges just as they can your natural teeth.
If you feel your smile could benefit from a dental bridge, call us today to schedule an appointment at 602.957.9643.