Bridges are used in dentistry today as a method to replace missing teeth. They are also commonly used to reduce stress on your bite and to preserve the shape of your face. At Progressive Dental Arts, we work closely with you to make sure you understand the bridging process and how this dental appliance can improve your oral health.
How Do Bridges Work?
This fixed dental restoration permanently connects an artificial tooth to adjacent natural teeth or, in some cases, dental implants. A successfully affixed bridge can benefit you in many ways. Not only does it look great, but it works to close the gaps between where one or more teeth may have been. The bridge bonds onto the adjacent teeth for additional reinforcement and strength.
Various metals are used to fabricate a bridge. These metals include gold, alloy, and porcelain materials. In some cases, a blend of the different materials may be used.
What Is the Success Rate for Bridges?
As with any restorative dental method, the outcome of any bridge procedure centers on the strength of its foundation. This foundation includes your teeth, bone, and gums. One of the ways that you can contribute to the success of this procedure, and to make sure your bridge stays properly affixed, is to practice good oral hygiene. When you maintain your teeth and protect your jaw and gums from infection or other dental problems, you can expect your bridge to last for a long time.
Don’t forget to stay current with your regular checkups and cleanings with your dentist. During these appointments, we will examine the bridge and make sure that its foundation is still strong.
For more information about bridges and the role they play in your dental health, contact Progressive Dental Arts today to speak with your dentist one-on-one.