Dental Bridges: Helpful Information

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Have you lost one or more permanent teeth because of gum disease, extensive decay, or another issue? Dr. Joseph Szymczak may recommend a dental bridge in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A dental bridge is a restoration that is designed to close the gap in your smile. Your dental bridge can restore your bite and your ability to eat and speak properly. A bridge consists of two or more dental crowns with a replacement tooth in between. The crowns will be placed on the teeth on either side of the gap to anchor the dental bridge.

How Long Will My Dental Bridge Last?
Dental bridges generally last for 5 to 15 years, and can last even longer. With proper dental hygiene and regular dental checkups, a dental bridge will likely last for 10 or more years.

How Do I Care for My Dental Bridge?
To help your dental bridge last, it is important to keep the remaining teeth healthy, especially those on either side of the gap, as they support the dental bridge. Brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day, and use mouthwash to help prevent tooth decay and other issues. Also, visit our office often for professional dental cleanings and exams. This allows our dentist to detect and diagnose any dental issues that you have early, when they are still easy to treat. It is also important to have a healthy, balanced diet.

To learn more about dental bridges and how to care for them and to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Joseph Szymczak, we encourage you to contact our dental office today.