Despite the technological advances in dentistry enabling complex treatments like dental implants the fact that traditional restorative work is still used points to its key role in restoring beauty and function to broken and missing teeth.
If you lose a tooth through decay, an accident or injury it is important to fill the gap between your remaining teeth as soon as you can. We recommend this not only because of the obvious aesthetic benefits, but because it will help maintain the health of your gums, jawbone and surrounding teeth.
The gap created by a damaged or missing tooth can lead to an uneven bite; a dental bridge can prevent your remaining healthy teeth from moving out of place. They also help you with chewing and speaking normally by maintaining the balance of your bite.
Dental bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth, bridging the gap between the adjacent teeth and fusing one or more false teeth to crowns fixed to either side. Bridges provide good eating function while looking natural and maintaining the dental arch.
Bridges are usually made of a precious metal. If the bridge will show, porcelain is then bonded to the base. Sometimes, there are other non-precious metals used in the base for strength.
You need to clean your bridge every day, to prevent problems such as bad breath and gum disease. You also have to clean under the false tooth every day. Your dentist or hygienist will show you how to use a bridge needle or special floss, as a normal toothbrush cannot reach.
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