Dental bridges are a multi-tooth restoration that reaches over the space created by missing teeth, connecting the ones on either side. Either end functions like a crown (resting directly over the entire supporting tooth) with a “tooth” suspended between them.
A dental bridge is ideal if you don’t qualify for dental implants in regard to single-tooth replacement. It can also be paired with implants if you’re missing multiple teeth in one part of your mouth.
Why Tooth Spacing is Important
Teeth support one another. Like books on a shelf, when one is removed it creates a chain reaction in the rest of your smile. The others will start to tilt, shift, and the opposing teeth can “super-erupt” looking for a biting partner.
It’s best to replace missing teeth as soon as possible. Dental bridges do just that. By filling in the open space, bridges help prevent other teeth in your bite from drifting out of alignment. The long-term benefits protect you against irregular enamel wear and crooked teeth.
Crafted From Durable, Aesthetic Materials
The majority of our Philadelphia dental bridges are made from high quality ceramics. Selecting the precise shade of porcelain allows your customized restoration to blend seamlessly with your surrounding teeth. As a result, you’ll be able to smile with confidence knowing that your smile looks as natural as possible.
Traditional Bridges vs. Implant Bridges
When it comes to dental bridge designs, there are two types available. Traditional bridges are affixed directly over a pair of healthy, anatomical teeth. They typically fill in the space of 1-2 teeth between them. But if you have additional missing teeth, natural teeth cannot support a much longer bridge. Instead, a pair of dental implants can be placed and topped off with a bridge to fill in the space of 3-4 teeth at once.
How to Care for Your New Dental Bridge
It’s extremely important to clean underneath your bridge daily, particularly around the supporting teeth or implants. You can use a floss threader to weave floss underneath and around them or invest in a water flosser. Daily hygiene reduces the risk of gum disease or decay around the supporting tooth, which could result in failure of the overall prosthesis.
Plan to schedule a routine dental checkup and cleaning at Main Street Dental Center City every six months to keep your supporting teeth healthy. We’ll screen for potential warning signs so that you can prolong the integrity of your entire smile (including your dental work.)
Cosmetic Dental Bridges in Philadelphia
Dr. Eidelson has three decades of experience in restorative and cosmetic dentistry. When you visit Main Street Dental Center City, we’ll tailor your care plan to your unique concerns and smile goals.
Contact us today to find out if one of our Philly dental bridges are right for you!
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