When tooth loss occurs, your dentist may recommend the placement of a tooth bridge, or dental bridge. When placing a bridge, the teeth on both sides of the space are covered with crowns (caps), and an artificial tooth (pontic) is attached to the crowns.
Few incidents have greater impact on dental health and personal appearance than tooth loss. When one or more teeth are missing, the remaining teeth can drift out of position, which can lead to a change in the bite, the loss of additional teeth, decay and gum disease.
Dental bridges have many advantages for people who are missing teeth as a result of dental disease, fractures or injury. If you maintain good oral hygiene and see your dentist regularly, a fixed dental bridge can last for approximately 10 years.
A dental bridge consists of dental crowns for the teeth anchoring either side of the bridge, and a false tooth (or teeth) between them. There are three main types of bridges:
No matter what type of bridge you have, the success of a dental bridge depends in part on keeping the remaining surrounding teeth healthy, and that’s where a regular oral care routine of
twice-daily tooth brushing and daily flossing comes in. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles or an interdental cleaner to clean around a bridge effectively, and choose floss that is designed to clean around bridges.
Initially, the dentist prepares teeth on each side of the space to receive crowns and makes an impression of the entire area. Then, the dentist fits a temporary or transitional bridge made out of plastic or metal. In a subsequent visit, the dentist will remove the temporary bridge then place, adjust and cement the fixed bridge.
Dental Implants: The Procedure & How They Work
What Is A Root Canal
Dental Implants vs. Dentures
The Importance of Regular Dental Visits
SAVE UP TO $40 ON SUPERIOR ORAL HEALTH
Thanks for Subscribing! Thank you for joining our mailing list. We can't wait to share upcoming news and special offers for Oral-B.
Please enter a valid email address
Email Already Subscribed
By registering, I confirm I want to receive emails from Oral-B and Crest and other trusted P&G brands and programs. I also confirm that I am at least 18 years of age and that I have read and agree to the P&G Terms and Conditions