How Do Dental Bridges Work?

Illustration of a dental bridgeAre you missing some of your teeth? Whether you’ve lost teeth from decay or an accident, your life is affected. You might feel self-conscious about your smile and struggle to eat some of your favorite foods. A dental bridge fills in the gap, restoring your smile. How does this tooth replacement work? Is it the right choice for you? 

What Are Dental Bridges? 

A traditional bridge is the most common bridge type. It consists of two crowns and false teeth. The crowns fit over the teeth on either side of the gap, supporting the bridge. These teeth are called abutment teeth. False teeth fill in the gap. At our office, you can choose dental crowns or a framework for your abutment teeth. On average, traditional bridges need to be replaced every 5-10 years. 

Implant-Supported Bridges

What if you don’t have teeth we can use to support the bridge? In these cases, we can use an implant-supported bridge. The first step is to put dental implants in your jawbone, which serve as a replacement for tooth roots. Once you have healed, we attach the bridge to the posts. It’s also possible to use implant-supported crowns, so you don’t need to get as many implants. Implant-supported bridges are secure and comfortable. They can last your whole life! 

Caring for Dental Bridges

It’s very important to maintain good oral hygiene with a bridge. When you get one, we’ll explain how to clean it. You will need to do extra flossing around your bridge so your gums stay healthy. Regular cleanings and checkups are also important. With proper care, your bridge will last many years. 

Dental Bridges at Atlantic Dental Partners

Your life is negatively impacted when you lose teeth. A dental bridge, whether it’s a traditional or implant-supported bridge, restores your smile. If you have any questions about this tooth replacement, please contact Atlantic Dental Partners today! We have offices in Jamaica Plain and Malden. 


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