All of your teeth play an important role in speaking, chewing and in maintaining proper alignment of other teeth. Tooth loss doesn’t necessarily have to occur as you age, but if you do lose teeth, they must be replaced to maintain proper function of your mouth. Fortunately, there are options for correcting tooth loss. One of these options is a bridge. If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may be aware of their importance to your appearance and dental health. Your teeth work together for many daily functions from eating to speaking. With missing teeth, it’s difficult to do these things. Missing teeth can and should be replaced. Fixed bridges are a viable option to restore your dental health and appearance.
What exactly is a bridge or fixed partial denture? A bridge (fixed partial denture) is a device, which fills the gap where teeth are absent. Fixed bridges are bonded into place and can only be removed by a dental professional.
What materials are used? Bridges can be constructed from gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials.
How do I take care of my bridge? A strict regimen of brushing and flossing with floss threaders will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean. This is of critical importance as the bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support.