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Has gum disease, extensive tooth decay, or another issue caused the loss of one or more permanent teeth? Dr. Gemma Dalton may recommend a dental bridge in Bedford, Texas. A dental bridge is a restoration that is designed to close the gap in your smile. Your dental bridge can restore your bite and your ability to eat and speak properly. A bridge consists of two or more dental crowns with a replacement tooth in between. The crowns will be placed on the teeth on either side of the gap to anchor the dental bridge. A dental bridge can also be supported by dental implants.

How Is a Dental Bridge Placed?
Our dentist will first alter the enamel of the teeth on either side of the gap. This will allow room for the dental crowns, which hole the bridge in place, to be placed over the teeth. Impressions will then be taken of your smile. These impressions will be used to create your individualized dental bridge. Once the bridge is complete, it will be cemented into place.

How Do I Care for My Dental Bridge?
To help your dental bridge last, it is important to keep the remaining teeth healthy, especially those on either side of the missing tooth or teeth, as they support the dental bridge. Brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day, and use mouthwash to help prevent tooth decay and other issues. Also, visit Gemma Tanglao Dalton, DDS often for your routine appointments.

How Long Will My Dental Bridge Last?
If you care for your dental bridge well, it may last for 10 years or longer. Tooth decay is a big threat to dental bridges. Food particles can become trapped under the false tooth. This can cause decay to the teeth supporting the crowns, which would weaken the dental bridge.

Contact our dental office today to learn more about dental bridges and to schedule a visit.