Patients in Charlottesville and Richmond, VA ask, “What are dental bridges?”
What are dental bridges?
Appropriately named, dental bridges span gaps that result from lost teeth. Tooth loss may occur due to decay, injury or trauma, gum disease, and extraction. When a tooth is lost or removed, nearby teeth lose a stable foundation, and may shift or twist.
Beyond the obvious benefit of restoring the beautiful and natural appearance of a healthy smile, dental bridges can restore function for speaking and eating, and provide stability to remaining teeth.
Are the materials used in dental bridges safe?
At Richmond Family Dentistry, serving Richmond, Charlottesville, and nearby VA neighborhoods, Dr. Olivia Hart offers holistic, family, cosmetic, and restorative dental care. Dr. Hart’s holistic approach to oral health emphasizes use of biocompatible and safe materials in all treatments, procedures, and restorations.
Dental bridges are made of Zirconia, which looks identical to enamel and is very strong. As a recognized artist as well as a clinically advanced dentist, Dr. Hart works with the patient and laboratory to create the most aesthetically-pleasing bridge.
The porcelain dental bridge blends naturally with the patient’s smile, and it is anchored to two natural teeth on either side of the gap. A porcelain dental crown or cap secures the bridge in place.
How long do they last?
With proper care and hygiene, dental bridges can last for more than a decade. Oral hygiene such as brushing twice daily, flossing, and keeping regular checkups and cleanings should be maintained as usual.
For patients who have lost their teeth, a dental bridge may be an affordable, effective, and attractive solution. As with any procedure, consultation with Dr. Hart determines which custom-designed treatment plan will work best for each patient’s unique needs and goals.
Appointments and consultations may be conveniently requested online or by calling our friendly team at (804) 381-6238. Richmond Family Dentistry is located in Richmond at 10446 Ridgefield Parkway.
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