Bridges are a restorative option for an individual who is missing one or more teeth. The absence of teeth results in gaps that can cause remaining teeth to shift into the empty spaces and change your bite. Other issues like gum disease and TMJ can result from areas with absent teeth that are left unattended. Bridges, like crowns, can be made from several different types of materials, including porcelain and can help with maintaining the shape of your face, distributing the force of your bite by substituting for your missing teeth, restoring your smile, reconstructing your ability to speak and chew properly and comfortably, and preventing the aforementioned shifting of teeth.
Dental bridges are anticipated to last from 5-15 years or longer, with the proper care. Excellent oral hygiene routines and regular check-ups help ensure that this will be the case. As your natural teeth serve as a foundation for the bridges through the placement of the abutment crowns, it’s incredibly important to take good care of them. The presence of crowns or dental bridges does not mean your teeth or the surrounding areas are protected from issues like decay or gum disease. An oral health routine involving brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing daily, and using an antiseptic mouthwash at least once a day can help with the longevity of your porcelain bridges and the prevention of these problems.