Dental bridges are a natural-looking solution for the replacement of a missing tooth or several missing teeth. At Comprehensive Dental Care, each dental bridge is custom-made to perfectly fit each patient. This results in a great-fitting bridge that restores a complete and perfect smile.These appliances “bridge” the gap or gaps between teeth — they are secured to the teeth located on either side of the dental bridge gap.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment with an experienced Gainesville dentist. We will provide you with all of the information you need and help you choose the most effective option for replacing missing teeth and restoring a beautiful smile that you will love.
What are Dental Bridges?
Restoring oral health includes repairing teeth and bringing the mouth back to a functional state. Dental bridges span the gap where there are missing teeth. On either end of the missing tooth, a dental crown attaches to the remaining teeth and in-between the anchoring crowns and/or teeth, resulting in a natural appearing fill to the gap. These false teeth appliances are made of gold, alloy, or porcelain, or a combination of these materials.
We strive to make every bridge as comfortable as possible through custom bridge creation and custom fitting. However, some patients may experience initial minor discomfort in the days following the procedure. Our Florida DMD recommends that patients who receive dental bridges eat soft foods to avoid further irritation. The majority of patients are able to continue eating solid and hard foods within a week following the procedure.
How Are Dental Bridges Different From Dentures?
Dental bridges are visibly smaller than dentures, but as with dentures, bridges are also designed to replace missing teeth. The difference is that these appliances replace only a small section of missing teeth, whereas dentures replace teeth throughout the entire mouth.
What Are The Advantages to Dental Bridges?
Regardless of the type of bridge a patient receives, the restoration will have significant benefits. The new bridge will restore both functionality and oral health to the patient. Thanks to developing dental technology and recent aesthetic advances, dental bridges are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. A new dental bridge can help restore your smile and increase the effectiveness of your chewing and bite.
How To Care For Dental Bridges
Bridges should be cared for in the same manner as natural teeth. Clean the bridge twice daily using a proxy brush and dental floss. It’s also important to adequately brush dental bridges twice daily with a soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
Cleaning your bridge will serve to reduce the occurrence of cavities and the development of inflammation of the gum tissue. It’s also important to see schedule regular check-ups and any necessary dental services and procedures with your dentist in Gainesville, FL.