Charleston residents ask how to care for their dental bridges

How to Care for their Dental Bridges

Located in Charleston, Dr. Andrew Greenberg of Mouth Carolina Dentistry offers dental restorations such as bridges to replace missing teeth and restore your oral health.

What is a dental bridge?

Dental bridges are fixed devices used to replace missing teeth. Unlike crowns, which restore chipped or cracked teeth, bridges essentially bridge the gap caused by one or more missing teeth. There are four types of bridges.

  • Traditional
  • Implant-supported
  • Cantilever
  • Maryland

Traditional bridges are the most common. They involve the placement of crowns over the teeth adjacent to the space with a false tooth in the middle. Once placed, bridges are not removable and become part of the mouth.

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Caring for your bridge

Your bridge is a fixed part of your mouth. It is crucial that you keep it clean to decrease the chance of cavities or inflammation along the gumline. You will be given specific instructions on how to care for your dental bridge. Following good oral health habits is important.

  • Brush and floss your teeth to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
  • Visit the dentist regularly for exams and cleanings.
  • Avoid chewing on hard foods to prevent damaging your restoration.

Patients who are missing teeth tend to hide their smiles. Dental restorations such as bridges allow patients to regain a complete smile, maintain facial volume, and improve functions such as eating and speaking. By undergoing a bridge procedure, the patient restores the health, appearance, and function of the mouth. Dental restorations look and act as natural teeth allowing patients to go about their daily lives comfortably and naturally.

To learn more about dental bridges to restore your teeth or to discover additional ways to enhance your smile, visit us. Call Mouth Carolina Dentistry at (843)751 4262 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Greenberg.

 

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