One or more missing teeth can affect the quality of your life. Not only might you feel conscious of your smile, but chewing, speaking, and other daily activities may be more challenging. If you have one or more missing teeth, a dental bridge could be the solution to restoring your smile and improving your oral health. At Paris Mountain Dental, we can create a custom dental bridge to replace missing teeth.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is a dental restoration that fills the gap created by one or more missing teeth. Dental bridges are made of two crowns and a number of artificial teeth known as pontics. The crowns are anchored onto the natural adjacent teeth to stabilize the bridge while the pontics fill in the space. Dental bridges help restore the appearance and function of teeth, improving oral health.
How long do dental bridges last?
The lifespan of a dental bridge can vary depending on various factors, such as oral hygiene practices, the location of the dental bridge, and the material used. Despite these factors, dental bridges tend to last between five to 15 years, making the dental bridge procedure well worth it. Proper care is essential to maintaining the longevity and functionality of a dental bridge. Regular brushing, flossing, and scheduling routine dental exams and cleanings are important to monitor the dental bridge and address any issues as soon as possible.
Do I need a dental crown or a dental bridge?
Dental crowns and bridges help restore smiles, but whether you need a dental crown or dental bridge depends on your specific dental condition. A dental crown is used to restore and protect a damaged or weakened tooth, while a dental bridge replaces a missing tooth by anchoring it to adjacent teeth. If you have a missing tooth and want a fixed replacement, a dental bridge is likely the suitable option. It’s best to consult with our dentist, who can assess your situation and recommend the most appropriate treatment.