Unlocking the Secrets of Dental Bridges
A dental bridge, also referred to as a fixed bridge or fixed dental prosthesis, is a remarkable dental restoration designed to replace one or more missing teeth. It spans across the gap created by missing teeth and typically consists of an artificial tooth fused between two crowns. (Crowns are hollow, artificial teeth that are placed over natural teeth or dental implants.) The bridge is securely anchored in place, either by your existing natural teeth on each side of the gap or by dental implants. Once in place, a dental bridge becomes a permanent fixture and cannot be removed.
Proper care and maintenance of your dental bridge are essential for its longevity. With good maintenance, a well-cared-for bridge can last approximately 10 years, or possibly even longer. Similar to natural teeth, bridges require daily brushing and flossing. Your dentist will demonstrate the use of a floss threader to clean around and underneath the artificial tooth (or teeth) in the center of the bridge. Regular dental check-ups and professional cleanings are also crucial to ensure the bridge's continued functionality. If you have an implant-supported bridge, your dentist will provide guidance on the appropriate care regimen.
If you're ready to restore your smile with a permanent dental bridge, schedule your appointment with Dr. Mandeep Kanwar at dentalFX by calling (780) 705-5322. Our practice is conveniently located at 1054 – 8882 170 Street in Edmonton, AB. Let us help you regain your confident smile.