When Is a Dental Bridge Needed?

By: Dr. Fadi Zaknoun


 Missing teeth can severely impact both the health and aesthetic appeal of your smile. At Cape Cod Dental, we understand that a healthy smile can be key to a healthy life, which is why Dr. Fadi Zaknoun and our team offer dental bridge treatments to restore lost teeth. To learn more about this effective dental restoration option, schedule your next exam and consultation at our Wareham, MA office. 

What is a dental bridge? 

A dental bridge is a prosthetic device used to replace one or more missing teeth. It consists of artificial teeth that are anchored in place by dental crowns on either side. Dental crowns are placed over the natural teeth adjacent to the gap, effectively bridging the space left by the missing tooth or teeth. A dental bridge not only helps restore the appearance of the smile but also helps prevent the remaining teeth from shifting out of position. 

How does a dental bridge work? 

A dental bridge treatment at Cape Cod Dental is done in two steps. During the first visit, the abutment teeth (the teeth adjacent to the gap) are prepared by removing a small amount of enamel. This is necessary to ensure a proper fit for the dental crowns that will hold the bridge in place. Next, Dr. Zaknoun will take impressions or digital scans of your teeth that will be used to create a custom-made bridge that matches your smile. While your personalized bridge is being fabricated, our office will fit you with a temporary one to protect the exposed abutment teeth. Once the bridge is ready, you will return to the dental office for the final fitting. Once in position, the dental bridge will look and function like natural teeth, giving you the confidence to smile, speak, and eat comfortably. 

When is a dental bridge needed? 

There are several possible situations that may require bridge treatment, the most common one being when multiple teeth are missing. Gaps in your smile can lead to difficulties in chewing, shifting of remaining teeth, and changes in facial appearance. By supporting facial muscles and preserving your natural facial structure, a dental bridge helps maintain a youthful look. Furthermore, it can restore clear speech and communication affected by missing teeth. Additionally, a dental bridge prevents tooth shifting, maintaining proper dental alignment. As a result, you can enjoy a wider variety of foods without discomfort or difficulty. For these reasons, a dental bridge is a valuable dental restoration option. 

How do I take care of a dental bridge? 

Proper care and maintenance of your dental bridge are crucial to ensuring its longevity and effectiveness. Here are some essential tips:  

  • Practice regular oral hygiene: Brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily, including under the dental bridge, to remove plaque and food particles. 
  • Avoid foods that could damage your bridge: Excessively hard or sticky foods could damage or dislodge your dental bridge, so be mindful at mealtime or when snacking. 
  • Visit your dentist: Schedule regular check-ups with Dr. Zaknoun and our team at Cape Cod Dental. Professional cleanings and examinations will help identify issues with your dental bridge early on. 

Restore your smile with bridge treatment in Wareham, MA 

A dental bridge can be an excellent solution for restoring your smile and maintaining oral health. Whether you are dealing with missing teeth or need to prevent shifting and misalignment, a dental bridge could be the answer. At Cape Cod Dental in Wareham, MA, Dr. Fadi Zaknoun and our dedicated team are here to help you achieve a beautiful and healthy smile. Don't hesitate to schedule an appointment or contact us for any dental concerns.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.