People have relied on dental bridges for decades. Not just patients as a whole – some individuals have literally had a fixed dental bridge hold up for years!
A dental bridge is a false tooth suspended between functional dental crowns, and it’s a great way to fill in a gap left by missing teeth. Completing your smile with this restoration isn’t the only solution, however.
How do you know if a dental bridge is right for you?
When a Bridge Is a Good Idea
People who aren’t able to have dental implant surgery usually opt for a dental bridge. They could be limited by the cost or by their health. Getting a bridge is more conservative budget-wise
A bridge is often the preferred alternative to a removable partial denture. If you don’t want to deal with the hassle (and occasional embarrassment) of wearing a removable appliance, then you might like a fixed bridge.
Cons of a Dental Bridge
Dental bridges can be a little tricky to clean underneath. But daily cleaning is essential to keeping the gums and neighboring teeth healthy. There are special floss and flossing tools designed for wiping away plaque and food from under a bridge.
The biggest downside to a bridge is that it often requires one or two healthy teeth to be trimmed down for crowns. The bridge needs something for support! But using those teeth for crowns could wind up shortening their lifespan.
Ultimately, it’s up to you and your dentist to figure out which restorative solution is best for your smile. Your dentist will explain how your lifestyle, health, and the shape of your factor into the decision.
Contact your dentist today to schedule a consultation.
Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
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