A dental bridge is used to “bridge” the gap left behind by a missing tooth. The bridge is custom-created in a dental lab and cemented in place. The dental bridge consists of one or more artificial teeth that are designed to mimic the appearance of your natural teeth and anchors. Candidates for a bridge should first have healthy gums.
How is a dental bridge placed?
A dental bridge consists of two dental crowns that act as anchors and one or more artificial teeth in the middle. The dental crowns fit over your existing teeth and hold your new teeth in place. The dental crowns are cemented in place to anchor the bridge in your mouth. Most bridges are permanently cemented into place, which means that you won’t need to worry about removing them for cleaning.
How long do dental bridges last?
Dental bridges can be a great option to restore your smile and can last up to 15 years if cared for properly. However, there are some necessary precautions that must be taken to ensure your bridge lasts as long as possible.
To keep your dental bridge in good shape you should, first of all, be sure to practice proper oral hygiene. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing between the teeth once a day. Doing this helps remove plaque and bacteria from your teeth, which will help prevent decay and infection.
In addition to practicing good oral hygiene at home, you should also be sure to attend regular dental cleanings and exams. During these visits, a dental professional will clean your teeth thoroughly. They will remove plaque and bacteria from your teeth, as well as assess your overall oral health.
Are dental bridges affordable?
A dental bridge is an affordable tooth replacement option for patients. They are the simplest and most affordable prosthetic replacement for missing natural teeth. While dental insurance may not cover cosmetic dental procedures, it may cover a portion of the cost of a dental bridge.
What are the alternatives to dental bridges?
While it’s true that dental bridges are one of the more popular ways to fill in gaps in your smile, they aren’t the only solution. Dental implants are a great option to replace missing teeth. These artificial roots are surgically inserted into the jawbone, where they provide support for dental crowns, bridges, or even dentures.
To find out more about the dental services offered by our dentists in Albuquerque NM,Dr. Alicia Abeyta and Dr. Laura Snyder, call (505)-293-7611 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 4830 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE, Ste. K, Albuquerque, NM, 87111.