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Are You a Candidate for Dental Bridges?

Your smile is your passport, particularly in an area as networked as the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region. A dental bridge is one of the best methods of restoring your smile if you are missing a tooth or teeth.

Missing teeth are a source of social embarrassment. Dental experts tell us over two-thirds of all Americans between 35 and 45 have lost at least one tooth to an injury, gum disease or a root canal procedure. A dental bridge is one of the most effective ways to replace those missing teeth.

As its name suggests, a dental bridge is a prosthetic device engineered to fill the gap in your mouth with artificial teeth. Dental bridges may be crafted out of porcelain, porcelain bonded to metal, or gold, depending upon how visible the bridge will be when it’s placed in your mouth. Dental bridges are anchored by adjacent natural teeth or dental implants that may be capped with crowns. The structural integrity of these anchor teeth, called abutments, is very important. Should you and your dentist decide a dental bridge is right for you, he or she will spend a great deal of time shaping the abutments so that they provide adequate support for your bridge. Your dentist or the dentist’s assistant will also make a mold of your mouth, which will be sent to the dental laboratory crafting your new bridge. The dental laboratory will create a bridge that can be specially fitted to the precise contours of your mouth.

The perfect candidate for a dental bridge is a person who understands the important role oral hygiene plays in helping bridges last. Brushing your teeth after every meal and flossing regularly are critically important when you have a dental bridge. If you’ve been less than diligent with your oral hygiene in the past, think of your dental bridge as a second chance at oral health!

Specially designed flossing materials are available to meet the needs of bridge wearers who must fit floss in the narrow space between the bridge and the gums. Visit your dentist twice a year for checkups and professional teeth cleanings. With proper care, your new dental bridge can last for 15 years.