Maximize the potential of your dental bridge with tips from your dentist near Clarkston

Losing a permanent tooth is a big deal, and not in a good way, like losing a baby tooth. There will be no visit from the tooth fairy, nor cause for celebration. Tooth loss for an adult affects not only on the visual appeal of the smile, but the oral health in general. The lack of structure that comes from tooth loss can change facial contours, provide hiding places for bacteria, and make chewing less effective.

To restore function after tooth loss, treatment with a dental bridge may be recommended by your dentist near Clarkston. For many decades, dental bridgework has been a primary method of replacing lost teeth. This restoration is different from a partial denture, which is a removable restoration. Fixed bridges span the gap from missing teeth by anchoring an artificial tooth to the two healthy teeth.

A dental bridge contains a pair of dental crowns. These crowns are fitted to the teeth adjacent to the gap. In between the two crowns is an artificial tooth, called a pontic. The three individual restorations are fused together in the fabrication process in the dental lab.

Smile restoration is something performed with an eye on the future. It is our desire to see patients well served by their bridgework for many years. This is why we consider the neuromuscular structure in the design process of restorations, and use the highest quality materials.

The beauty of the dental bridge is that this restoration is quite easy to care for. Bridgework needs to remain clean, just like natural teeth. Brushing your dental bridge is no different than brushing natural teeth. The additional care of a dental bridge revolves around flossing. Because bridges sit on top of the gums, it is possible for bacteria and debris to collect between the pontic and gum tissue. For this reason, it is necessary to floss beneath the artificial tooth in a dental bridge.

Because the pontic is fused to a crown on each side, it is not possible to floss as you would natural teeth. When you receive your dental bridge, your dentist will demonstrate how to floss using a special flossing tool, as well as how to floss with string alone. The better a bridge is cared for with proper brushing and flossing, the longer this restoration will remain strong.

Metropolitan Dental Centers use the latest technology and advanced skills to help you achieve optimal oral health. Contact us for your visit today.

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