If you feel your smile is adversely affecting your everyday life because of missing teeth, rest assured there are several dental solutions to fill in the blanks. One of these options is a bridge. Porcelain, the material of a bridge, is amazing in its ability to replicate both the aesthetics and function of original teeth. Porcelain can provide the longevity, durability, and visible result you desire.

A fixed dental bridge is a prosthesis attached to adjacent natural teeth. In other words, the remaining natural teeth are used as anchors for replacement teeth. Fixed bridges are historically the best alternative for people missing a tooth or two because the installation is quite simple and the finished product pleasing to the eye. The porcelain can be sculpted to replicate the look of natural tooth enamel and its solid, strong base is able to withstand most traditional tooth functions. The glass-like whiteness and translucence allow light to penetrate and scatter, as it does with organic teeth. Bridges also fit quite easily within the established bite pattern.

Unfortunately, bridges can present some problems, namely because the natural teeth that lie on either side of the bridge are filed to accommodate the appliance. This step in the bridge-making procedure may make these teeth more prone to bacterial plaque accumulations, decay, periodontal disease, and a possible need for future root canals.

The maintenance of a bridge is less intensive than most would expect. Treat your bridge in the same manner as you would typical teeth, with routine brushing and flossing. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled to evaluate your bridge shortly after it is placed, so the dentist can evaluate how your mouth is reacting to the treatment.

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