My Dentist Says I Need a Bridge – What Does That Mean?

Your dental care is important for good overall oral health, self-confidence, and more. As a result, following the advice of your dentist is vital in most cases. If your dentist has recommended you need a bridge, they’re doing what they can to ensure you’re able to eat, speak, and go through your day without any dental impediments. But learning more about what a bridge is will probably be a good idea. While your dentist can usually provide a good explanation, many people find after they leave their office, they’re still wondering just what is about to happen. Here’s a closer look. A bridge is a procedure used to replace missing teeth, normally when more than one is missing alongside each other. There are other obvious solutions, including partial dentures. But those can easily fall out, become lost, and aren’t as comfortable. Dental implants are another option, but are permanent and expensive in most cases. A bridge provides a semi-permanent solution that can last up to ten years in most cases. Understanding the basic procedure is very easy to do as well and can help set your mind at ease. Essentially, a bridge involves false teeth being fused between two dental crowns. What that means is the two teeth on either side of your gap will be fitted with crowns, which are caps that bond to the teeth below. Between these two crowns will be false teeth that nestle perfectly over your gums. Your dentist will take numerous measurements to ensure a perfect fit. The crowns are bonded with a strong adhesive that will last for years. You will probably have to avoid eating certain foods on that side of your mouth, but otherwise you’ll have a set of teeth that are as good as new. It is important you practice excellent oral hygiene when you have a bridge and follow all post-care instructions to the letter. That’s because the chances of bacteria, rotting food particles, and a dislodged bridge are all possible. In other words, it’s important to keep your bridge in top shape. If you do, it can last for more than a decade without needing to be modified or re-attached. A bridge can help your smile, eating ability, and even your speech. As a result, it’s well worth considering having them if your dentist recommends it.

Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.

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