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The Pros and Cons of Dental Bridges

Posted on 10/15/2015 by Keith M. Cooper
A diagram of how a dental bridge works.Are you considering a dental bridge as a way to correct your tooth loss and improve your smile? If so, you may be interested in learning more about the pros and cons of these appliances.

The Benefits of Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are a great way to fill in gaps in your smile that exist because of tooth loss, and there are several advantages to this treatment option:
•  A fixed solution. Bridges are not removable, so you won't need to worry about them slipping out of place or needing to remove and clean them.
•  Protective. If the abutment teeth are damaged or have heavy fillings, a bridge can actually help to strengthen them.
•  A quick procedure. A bridge doesn't take that long to put into place once the actual appliance has been created, and it will not require an invasive surgical procedure like implants.
•  Long lasting. Studies have shown that bridges are extremely durable, and if cared for properly, they can last for up to 10-15 years.

The Shortcomings of Dental Bridges

Like anything in life, despite the benefits of dental bridges, there are a few shortcomings that you should also consider:

•  Potential for damage. In order to make room for the crown over the abutment teeth, these teeth will need to be filed down some. This can be damaging if the tooth already has issues. In some cases, a tooth may lose vitality and can require a future root canal treatment.
•  Cleaning difficulties. You'll need to take care to keep the under portion of the bridge clean, as the area is prone to plaque collection. You also won't be able to floss between the false teeth.

Ultimately, whether or not a dental bridge is the right option or you will be your decision, but your dentist can be a helpful resource in finding the best treatment plan for your unique situation.

Please contact us if you have any questions about dental bridges.

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