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The Complete Guide to Dental Bridges

A lifetime of use will tire out even the most well kept teeth. Losing a tooth or experiencing decay can be worrisome, but one common solution can be an effective solution: the dental bridge. Dental bridges are very common, very successful and very quick to install. Learn more about what makes this procedure a popular dental health solution.

What Are Dental Bridges?

A dental bridge is a fixed appliance designed to place dental crowns. The bridge consists of metal implants that serve as the tooth’s root, an abutment atop the implant and a crown that connects to the abutment. The crown is the visible part of the bridge that gives off a tooth-like aesthetic.

There are several types of bridges, but those seeking this permanent solution at Serenity Dental will receive a traditional bridge with porcelain crowns. Porcelain is our choice because it closely resembles the look and feel of natural teeth.

Are Dental Bridges Right for You?

A dental bridge is a versatile solution for those experiencing a range of oral health issues. Choosing this dental health solution ensures that areas that do not have natural teeth or have a rotting or unhealthy tooth will be replaced with a realistic and snug porcelain crown.

There are many other benefits to receiving a dental bridge other than simply replacing teeth. Bridges can preserve facial shape, secure teeth that are drifting out of position, restore chewing and speaking ability and improve your smile.

How to Maintain a Dental Bridge

Fixed bridges are also an effective alternative for those currently using dentures. Dentures have to be taken out nightly and require extensive hygiene efforts. Dental bridges, however, can be cleaned just like natural teeth. That means brushing twice a day with a stout, cavity preventing toothpaste and regularly flossing between the crowns of the bridge.

A dental bridge is designed to be permanent, but after a period of years they may need maintenance or complete replacement due to normal wear and tear. Be sure to schedule regular checkups after your dental bridges are placed to monitor their progress, comfort and success.

Do dental bridges seem like a good fit for you? Visit Serenity Dental in Woodbury to learn more about our office and schedule an appointment with one of our two specialists, Dr. Ellie Mahmoodi and Dr. Amanda Elbert.