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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is a process which is used to replace missing teeth. There are many problems associated with missing teeth such, change in occlusion (bite), shifting of the teeth, temporomandibular joint disorder, speech impediments, an increased risk for periodontal disease and a greater chance of tooth decay.



Bridges are fixed to the natural teeth surrounding the empty space. These teeth, called abutments, provide anchors for the bridge. The abutment teeth may need to be contoured to create a little more space in which to fit the bridge. The amount and type of reduction done to the abutment teeth varies slightly with the different materials used.



Types of dental bridges available


- Traditional Fixed Bridge

- Resin Bonded Bridges

- Cantilever Bridges


Important steps to maintaining your bridges


- Always brush and floss your teeth daily

- Visit your dentist every 6 months

- Do not consume excess sugar and starch as they may be harmful to your bridges

Benefits include: smile restoration; maintaining facial structure; restoring the ability to properly chew and speak; preventing remaining teeth from drifting out of position; distributing the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth.



How long do dental bridges last?


Bridges can last 5 to 7 years and even longer. With good oral hygiene and regular prophylaxis, it is not unusual for a fixed bridge to last more than 10 years.



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