Bridges at Marcus Black D.D.S.

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What are Dental Bridges?

Missing teeth can impact your confidence, your speech, and even your ability to eat comfortably. Dental bridges are a common and effective solution for replacing missing teeth and restoring the health and appearance of your smile.

A dental bridge is a prosthetic device that spans the gap left by one or more missing teeth. Bridges are anchored to the surrounding healthy teeth or dental implants and provide support for the artificial teeth, which are known as pontics. Bridges are made of materials such as porcelain, ceramic, or metal alloys, and are designed to match the color of your natural teeth.


Types of Dental Bridges

  • Traditional Dental Bridges: Traditional bridges are the most common type of bridge and are anchored to the surrounding healthy teeth using dental crowns.

  • Cantilever Dental Bridges: Cantilever bridges are similar to traditional bridges, but they are only anchored to one side of the gap, rather than both sides.

  • Maryland Dental Bridges: Maryland bridges are a more affordable option for replacing missing front teeth. They are made of a metal or porcelain framework that is bonded to the back of the surrounding healthy teeth.
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The Dental Bridges Procedure

Your dentist will examine your teeth and gums to determine if a dental bridge is the right solution for you. If a bridge is appropriate, your dentist will prepare the surrounding teeth for crowns or take impressions of your teeth to create a custom-fit bridge. In a follow-up visit, your dentist will place the bridge, adjust it for a comfortable fit, and ensure it’s properly secured.


Aftercare for Dental Bridges

  • Avoid hard, crunchy, or sticky foods for the first few days after the procedure.
  • Maintain good oral hygiene, including regular brushing and flossing, to keep your gums and surrounding teeth healthy.
  • Schedule regular dental check-ups to monitor the health of your bridge and ensure it’s functioning properly.

Don’t let missing teeth impact your confidence or your oral health. Talk to your dentist today about dental bridges and how they can help you restore your smile. With the right care, a dental bridge can last for many years, helping you maintain a healthy and beautiful smile.

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