What Is the Purpose of a Dental Bridge?

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What is the purpose of a dental bridge? A dental bridge is a common tooth replacement service to fill in empty gaps in your smile caused by lost or missing teeth. If left unchecked, a missing tooth could continue to damage your smile as remaining teeth shift. Your best option for optimum oral health is to fill in the void as soon as possible.

The reason a missing tooth can damage your smile goes beyond just the aesthetic looks that will suffer. Your gums and jaw will suffer as well. If your jaw has no teeth to hold on to, it will weaken and deteriorate over time. Your gums will loosen from the tooth loss and can cause other teeth in the area to move and slide out of position. The void can also harbor harmful bacteria that can be difficult to wash away.

Dental bridges work by applying an artificial replacement directly to the missing gap. Without the need to be held in place by bonding cement or screws, the dental bridges are directly attached to nearby teeth to “bridge” the gap between the two for an extremely durable hold. With the proper care, a dental bridge can keep your smile strong for a lifetime, but if damaged, they can be replaced as needed.

College Hill Dental Group remains committed to your oral health, and you are welcome to book an appointment with us by calling 541-753-8365. Stop by our dental office in Corvallis, Oregon, and Dr. Haslam and our team will give you the treatment you need. We look forward to helping you with all of your oral health care needs!