A Bridge is a fixed dental appliance used to replace missing teeth. They are custom-made restorations that can stabilize your bite, while restoring the natural look of your smile. A bridge can also prevent moving teeth, difficulty chewing, jaw pain, bone loss, and plaque prevention. Because there are always several options to filling gaps and replacing missing teeth, a consultation with a dentist is recommended to see how you can proceed with the very best treatment possible.

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Why Missing Teeth Need to Be Replaced?

When a tooth is lost, the biting forces change on the surrounding teeth, which causes the teeth to shift. The opposing teeth then do not have anything to lean against, so they may shift out of their socket. All of these changes allow bacteria and plaque to accumulate in pockets and fissures that are difficult to reach with a toothbrush. This may cause decay and periodontal disease.


When Is a Bridge Needed?

When missing a tooth in between two healthy teeth. A dentist would need to perform a thorough examination to see if the surrounding teeth can provide a strong foundation for a bridge.


Why Should I Get a Bridge?

A bridge can prevent the following issues:

  • Shifting teeth
  • Difficulty keeping teeth free of plaque and bacteria
  • Loss of bone in the jaw
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Grinding and clenching
  • Pain in the jaw joint, TMJ


What Is the Difference Between a Crown & a Bridge?

A crown is a cap that covers only 1 tooth, whereas a bridge links 2 teeth together to bridge a gap of a missing tooth (or multiple teeth). Call our office to schedule a complimentary consult to see which option is best for your situation. Everybody has different needs!


How Long Do Bridges Last?

A bridge can last a lifetime, however, they do sometimes become loose or fall out. A person’s overall health and jaw bite can affect that. By maintaining good oral hygiene, you can prolong the amount of time that it lasts!


How Do I Clean My Bridge?

Brush and floss your teeth normally. We also suggest using Superfloss® and floss threaders to keep the area between the artificial tooth and gums free of plaque. Depending on your personal situation, your dentist may recommend using and oral irrigator, small brush, or other devices to maintain your bridge and oral health.


Are There Alternatives to a Bridge?

Each case is unique, but your doctor may also be able to offer you a different type of bridge, a partial denture, or an implant.


Will My Insurance Cover the Cost of a Bridge?

Everybody’s insurance plan is different. The best thing to do is to call our office and our expert financial team members will be able to assist you, answer any questions, and find the best solution to meet your financial needs.