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How to Properly Care for Your Dental Bridge

If you have missing teeth, I’m sure you’ve experienced trouble eating effectively, speaking clearly and even biting down correctly. When you do have a missing tooth or teeth, it’s important to visit your dentist immediately to discuss tooth replacement options, as having missing teeth can lead to further dental problems.

A dental bridge may be one of the options your dentist may give you to replace your missing tooth or teeth. Dental bridges are used to span between the space where the teeth are missing and connect to the surrounding teeth. The teeth that remain on both sides are referred to as abundant teeth and the replacement tooth is called a pontic.

How long do dental bridges last?

Dental bridges can last up to 15 years, though how long they last ultimately depends on how well you take care of them. Practicing proper oral hygiene at home and visiting your dentist on a regular basis for routine checkups and professional cleanings will ensure that your bridge lasts for years to come.

If by chance your bridge fails, such as your crown falling out, make sure to place it somewhere safe, preferably in a zip lock bag, and call your dentist to schedule an appointment immediately. Your dentist may be able to re-bond it back into place if the crown or bridge isn’t damaged. If your dental restoration is damaged, you will have to have a new crown or bridge placed.

How to take proper care of your dental bridge

Caring for your dental bridge is no different than taking care of your very own natural teeth. However, there are certain things that you should consider avoiding, such as chewing on ice and biting your nails, as both of these habits can cause damage to your dental restoration. If you grind or clench your teeth while you’re asleep, you should ask your dentist for night guard for added protection.

Your overall oral health is key to having your dental restoration last. To ensure the longevity of your dental bridge, brush twice a day for two minutes each session, floss at least once a day and use mouthwash. And, as I mentioned before, be sure to visit your dentist regularly for checkups and professional cleanings.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your dental bridge, contact Dr. Bartz at 708-430-4440 to schedule an appointment today. Or visit for additional information regarding dental bridges.

What are Dental Crowns and Bridges?

There are many risk factors that can lead to tooth loss, such as injury, disease or decay. Though, with proper dental treatment, your confidence and smile don’t have to suffer as much. As a matter of fact, with proper dental treatment your smile may appear to look better as a result.

What are crowns and bridges?

Both dental crowns and bridges are known as fixed prosthetic appliances. They are placed by cementing them to the affected tooth, or in some cases, to a dental implant. Unlike removable dental appliances like dentures, which can be taken out, crowns and bridges can only be removed by a dental professional.

How do crowns and bridges work?

Dental crowns are used to cover the entire affected tooth. They can strengthen a damaged tooth, while also improving the alignment, appearance and shape. Crowns can also be placed on top of a dental implant, as to replacing a missing tooth. Porcelain and ceramic crowns can be customized to match the color of your natural teeth. There’s also the option of using other materials, such as gold and metal alloys, and acrylic and ceramic. Though porcelain bonded to a metal shell is often the best choice for both appearance and durability.

As for dental bridges, these are recommended if you have one or more missing teeth. They essentially create a bridge to fill the gap where teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to either your natural tooth or a dental implant surrounding your missing teeth. As with crowns, the material used to fabricate dental bridges are made of porcelain fused to metal or ceramics. Your dentist can help you decide which option best fits your individual needs.

Benefits of dental crowns and bridges

There are several benefits when it comes to replacing missing teeth with dental crowns and bridges. They can be used to improve the appearance, shape, alignment and bite. Empty spaces caused by missing teeth can result in your teeth shifting, which can cause a bad bite. Crowns and bridges will help prevent this from occurring.

If you’re interested in replacing your missing teeth with a crown and bridge, contact Dr. Bartz at 708-430-4440 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit for additional information.