If you have one or more missing (or extracted) teeth in a row, have you ever considered wearing a dental bridge to help your smile regain its confidence?
At Smiles by Design in Scottsdale, Arizona, Dr. Zana Alnaqib and our team are excited to offer dental bridges for our patients who need help with missing teeth. It is an excellent option for those whose teeth near the gaps have large fillings which will require dental crowns down the road, and for those who can’t wear a dental implant.
A fixed dental bridge will allow you to keep your facial shape and allow you to speak and chew with ease again. They also keep your surrounding teeth from shifting and misaligning your bite. Because dental bridges are cemented in your mouth, they will connect at least three crowns to replace the missing tooth area.
Caring for your smile in bridges is similar to maintaining your normal diligent oral hygiene habits. You will want to brush at least twice each day for two and a half minutes, using a soft bristled toothbrush.
Flossing is essential while wearing bridges, and the areas between the teeth supporting the bridge and the areas under the bridge must be flossed properly to prevent tooth decay and gum disease from taking hold. Many patients with dental bridges have found that an effective flossing solution is to clean these areas with a water flosser. With proper care, a dental bridge can last up to ten years.
If you have questions about missing teeth in your smile or would like to find out if you are a good candidate for our fixed dental bridge, please give our Smiles by Design team in Scottsdale, Arizona, a call at 480-359-2227. Dr. Zana Alnaqib is happy to help you with all of your smile care needs!