Dental Bridge

Restoring The Function Of Your Teeth

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What Is a Dental Bridge?

At Z Dental Care, we offer dental bridges. Tooth loss can happen for a variety of reasons, from decay to disease to injury. No matter the cause of the tooth loss, it’s important to fill in the gap to restore normal chewing function. One option is a dental bridge. The bridge replaces missing teeth with pontics (fake teeth) and is supported by attaching to the natural teeth or implants on either side of the gap. Bridges can be made from a variety of materials that differ in cost, appearance, and durability.

Why Get a Dental Bridge?

Replacing missing teeth is important for a number of reasons. The longer a tooth is gone, the more the surrounding teeth will shift towards the hole, affecting chewing and speech. The bone where the tooth was will also erode over time. Even the shape of the face is affected by missing teeth! All of this is why many people with missing teeth lose confidence in their smile. A bridge will keep your natural teeth in place and give you a smile you can be confident in.

Who Does Dr. Zamir  Recommend Bridges For?

Different patients have different needs with their new teeth. Dr. Zamir recommends bridges for patients with bone loss or significant damage that rules out the possibility of implants. Once the bridge is in place, you will be able to enjoy effortless chewing of all your favorite foods.

What Happens After I Get My New Dental Bridge?

It is likely that your new bridge will feel a little strange at first within the mouth, but after a few days, it should start to seem like your natural teeth have been restored! We strongly recommend that patients maintain a diet of soft foods early on until they’ve reached this stage; then, you can enjoy all of your favorite meals with plenty of confidence.

Long-term missing teeth can result in damage to your oral health, your smile’s ability to function, and your overall quality of life. That’s why our Noelridge Dental team hopes to help you replace them as soon as possible. Please reach out to us today to schedule your first visit!

How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?

This depends largely on how well you take care of them — anywhere from five to fifteen years. A patient who gets regular dental checkups and maintains good oral hygiene habits is much more likely to keep their dental bridge in good condition for longer than ten years.

Caring for a Bridge

The success of the bridge depends on the solid foundation the surrounding teeth provide, so it’s critical to keep those teeth healthy. This means being diligent about brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and using an antiseptic mouthwash to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. We will show you how to properly brush and floss with a bridge.

Regular cleaning appointments are important, not just because we can give you that professional deep clean, but so that we can detect any emerging dental problems early. The earlier we catch a problem, the easier (and cheaper!) the solution will be.

Another factor that goes into caring for your dental bridge is what you eat. Once you grow accustomed to the bridge, you can go back to eating the foods you enjoy, for the most part. However, some types of food present more of a problem for dental bridges and we recommend avoiding them long term:

  • Chewy or sticky candy can easily pull the crowns off the anchor teeth.
  • Hard candy or snacks like popcorn or nuts can damage the bridge.
  • Sugary foods increase the risk of tooth decay under the crowns.

Who Is a Good Candidate for a Dental Bridge?

Not everyone with missing permanent teeth is a good candidate for a dental bridge. The factors we’re looking for include:

  • Missing one or more permanent teeth in a row on the same arch.
  • Good overall health (meaning no severe health conditions or infections)
  • Remaining teeth are healthy, with a strong bone structure that will support the bridge.
  • Good oral health.
  • Keeping up with oral hygiene habits.

If you think a dental bridge might be the smile solution you’ve been looking for, get in touch with us to set up an appointment. We can determine if you’re a good candidate and get started on restoring your smile! You can learn more about us by checking our business page, and make sure to check the map for directions to our practice.

Call (773) 427-1000 or email us to schedule an appointment so that we can see if a dental bridge is right for you!

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