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Dental Bridge Basics

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A dental bridge is a dental restoration that is made up of two dental crowns with a replacement tooth in between. The replacement tooth is used to fill a gap in an individual’s smile and the dental crowns are placed on the teeth on either side of the gap to support the dental bridge.

Do I need a dental bridge?

A dental bridge may be recommended by Dr. Olaitan Okediji-Registe if a tooth has been lost. Tooth loss may occur because of periodontal disease, an injury to the mouth, or another issue. If the tooth or teeth are not replaced, the remaining teeth can shift into the gap, thus altering your bite. A distorted bite or missing teeth can also cause gum disease or TMJ disorder.

How long will my dental bridge last?

If your dental bridge is well cared for, it can last for a decade or longer. Tooth decay is a big threat to your dental bridge. If the teeth supporting the dental bridge become compromised, the bridge can become weak or fail.

How do I care for my dental bridge?

Brush all of your natural teeth and your dental bridge twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Floss between each of your teeth as well as under the false tooth of your bridge. Flossing under your bridge will remove any food particles or plaque that become lodged or form there. In addition to practicing proper dental hygiene, it is very important that you visit Magnificent Mile Family Dental often for your regular dental cleanings.

We invite you to contact our dental office at 312-280-0034 today to learn more about dental bridges in Chicago, Illinois, and to schedule a consultation with our dentist.