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What is a Bridge? | Taking Care of Your Bridge | When are Bridges Needed? | Types of Bridges | Aftercare

What is a Bridge?

A bridge is a replacement tooth that is supported and attached by a crown on either side of the space. The two side teeth or (anchor teeth) are prepared to provide support the bridge).

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Taking Care of Your Bridge

A bridge is made of very strong materials, but nothing as strong as natural tooth structure. If normal care and precautions and care are taken, a bridge can last for many years.

- Brush and floss with great care to clean where the crowns meet the tooth.

- Flossing must be accomplished underneath the bridge on a daily basis.

- Avoid eating or chewing on hard objects, food, or ice.

- Make regular visits to your dentist to evaluate the condition of the crowns.

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When are Bridges Needed?

To replace a missing tooth with a conventional three-unit bridge, teeth adjacent to the gap are prepared.

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The custom-made bridge is fitted and adjusted.

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Appearance immediately after a tooth is lost.

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When a tooth is not replaced, the remaining teeth can drift out of position. This can lead to cavities and gum disease.

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Types of Bridges

Bridges come in two main types. Fixed bridges or Removable bridges.

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Some fixed bridges cement over a tooth, others cement to the outside surface of a tooth.

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1. Must clean “under” as well as around the bridge
2. There are special tools to aid in cleaning
3. Floss once, and brush twice daily
4. Avoid chewing on hard objects, food and ice
5. Limit snacks

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