Dental bridges are natural-looking alternatives for the replacement of a single missing tooth or several missing teeth. At our Stonegate Family Dentistry practice, we customize dental bridges to perfectly fit each patient and reinstate a perfect and complete smile. These restorative appliances help bridge the gaps between teeth, and they are firmly attached to the teeth on both sides of the dental bridge gap.
What Are Dental Bridges?
Restoring oral cavity health includes mending teeth and bringing the mouth back to a functional state. Dental bridges cover the gap where there are missing teeth. A dental crown is attached to the adjacent teeth with an artificial tooth or teeth between the anchoring crowns on both sides of the missing tooth or teeth, thus filling the gap. These false teeth are made of porcelain, gold, alloy, or an amalgam of these metals.
We strive hard to make every bridge as comfortable as possible through our custom-made fabrications and fitting. However, some patients may undergo initial minor discomfort in the days following the procedure. Our dentists recommend that patients who receive dental bridges eat soft foods to avoid further irritation. But the majority of patients can continue eating solid and hard foods within a week following the procedure.
How Are Dental Bridges Different From Dentures?
While both bridges and dentures are both designed to replace missing teeth, dental bridges are smaller than dentures. This is because bridges are meant to replace only a small number of missing teeth, whereas dentures replace up to all the teeth in the entire mouth.
What Are the Advantages of Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges have significant benefits, regardless of the type of bridge a patient receives. Generally, a bridge could restore both the functionality and oral health of the patient. And due to recent advancements in dental technology and aesthetic improvements, dental bridges almost cannot be distinguished from the surrounding natural teeth. A newly made dental bridge can help restore your smile and increase the efficiency of your chewing and bite.
How to Care for Dental Bridges?
Bridges should be cared for properly in the same manner as natural teeth. It is essential to adequately brush dental bridges twice daily with a soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Cleaning your bridge will reduce the formation of cavities and the development of inflammation of the gum tissue. It’s also crucial to schedule regular check-ups and any necessary dental services and procedures with your dentist.
Our Stonegate Family Dentistry team looks forward to meeting with you and developing a customized dental bridge to meet your individual needs. Call Dentist in Murfreesboro, TN today at (615) 624-6919 or request an appointment online.