If you are missing one or more permanent teeth, a dental bridge in Jacksonville, Florida, may be helpful. A dental bridge is used to close the gap caused by one or more missing teeth. Two or more crowns and a replacement tooth make up a dental bridge. The crowns will be placed on the teeth on either side of the gap, which are called the abutment teeth. A dental bridge can be supported by natural teeth or dental implants.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges can greatly benefit you and your smile. By replacing missing teeth, your dental bridge will maintain your face shape. A dental bridge can restore the beauty and functionality of your smile. Your dental bridge will close the gap in your smile, thus keeping your natural teeth from drifting into the gap. Your bridge will properly distribute your bite, thus restoring your ability to chew and speak properly.
Dental bridges are very durable and can last 5 to 15 years or more. If you practice good oral hygiene and have regular dental cleanings and exams, your bridge will likely last for 10 or more years.
Caring for Your Dental Bridge
Be sure to practice proper oral hygiene to keep your natural teeth healthy. This is especially important as your dental bridge will be supported by the surrounding teeth. Brush at least twice a day and floss once a day to help prevent gum disease and decay. Also, make sure to visit our office often for dental cleanings and exams.
We encourage you to contact our office today to learn more about dental bridges and to schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. James E. Gaff.