Bridges are dental appliances that replace missing teeth, but they also uphold the shape of your face and ease stress on your bite.
How Do Bridges Work?
A bridge is a fixed dental restoration. It permanently joins an artificial tooth to nearby teeth or, if applicable, to dental implants. When your dentist affixes a bridge, it acts as a literal bridge between the gaps where one or more teeth may have previously been. Bridges are made from different materials such as porcelain, gold, alloy, or a combination of all these materials. A bridge is fused onto surrounding teeth for additional support and strength.
How Successful Are Bridges?
Restorative dental appliances require a strong foundation. In the case of a bridge, this foundation is the teeth, bone, and gums. To ensure that your bridge stays put it is important to practice healthy oral habits. Maintaining your existing teeth and taking measures to make sure your jaw and gums stay strong will keep your bridge in place for a long time to come.
Regular dental visits are also very important. During these appointments, we will check your bridge to make sure it is still adequately supported to do its job well.
For more questions about bridges and their role in your dental health, contact Brandywine Dental Services Group today.