Closeup of a dental bridge to replace a missing tooth

What Is a Dental Bridge?

January 27, 2021 11:56 pm Published by

Dental bridges are a type of dental restoration designed to either restore weak or damaged teeth or replace missing teeth. They are like three or more dental crowns that are attached together and are not removable except by a dental professional.

Before a bridge can be placed, the teeth that the bridge will be placed over (called the abutment teeth) usually need to be modified so the bridge can fit over them without looking or feeling bulky. Or if the bridge is replacing multiple missing teeth, the patient will need to undergo dental implant surgery.

Benefits of a Dental Bridge

There are a few reasons why a patient may choose a dental bridge over an implant or another dental restoration. For example, dental bridges without dental implants are minimally invasive and they require virtually no recovery time. Implants, on the other hand, require months of recovery time throughout the entire implant process. Dental bridges are less of a financial investment as well, which can make them a great choice for patients who are on a tight budget. Bridges also help evenly distribute the force of a patient’s bite when they are used to replace missing teeth, which means the surrounding teeth are less likely to become worn down over time.

How to Care for a Bridge

Although dental bridges do not come with any food restrictions, you should avoid chewing ice, biting into hard candy, and using your teeth to open packages. Additionally, daily oral hygiene at home is critical for maintaining your bridge and keeping your gums and natural teeth healthy.

Dental Bridges in San Antonio, TX

Interested in learning more about dental bridges and how they can restore your smile? Our team at Chandler Dental Center would be thrilled to work with you to determine if a dental bridge or another dental restoration is the right restoration solution for your smile. Please reach out to our office today to schedule a consultation!

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