What is a Dental Bridge?
Bridges connect your healthy, natural teeth to any artificial teeth that were necessitated by the loss of a tooth – bridging your smile back together. Bridges can be either permanent or removable, depending on your particular situation, and bridges can even span more than one missing tooth if required.
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How Is a Bridge Attached?
To install a bridge, Walnut Creek dentist, Dr. Villaseñor will either attach a small dental crown to the adjacent natural teeth or directly bond to those teeth. If a crown is necessary, he will carefully remove a portion of the enamel on the appropriate side of the gap before replacing it with that crown. For permanent bridges, the replacement tooth and crowns are cemented together. With a removable bridge, also called a partial fixed denture, the artificial tooth is attached to the adjoining teeth with metal clasps.
How Do I Take Care of My Dental Bridge?
It’s pretty simple, really. Taking care of dental bridges is the same as taking care of any of the rest of your teeth, with regular flossing and deliberate brushing. The health of the adjoining teeth, whether crowned or not, is crucial to maintaining the bridge’s stability.
If you’re missing one or more teeth, call Horizons Dental at (925) 945-7977 and set up a free, personal consultation with Dr. Villaseñor.