Dr. Miller Lewis and Dr. David Kelly at Christiansburg Dental in Christiansburg, Virginia, are happy to offer fixed dental bridges as a valuable option for our patients requiring help for missing teeth. So let’s take a brief look at what fixed dental bridges may offer your smile!
What do dental bridges do? They bridge the gap between missing teeth in your smile. They can bring back your smile, allow you to speak and chew normally, keep teeth from shifting position, and maintain your facial features. They can also allocate the forces in your bite correctly as they replace lost teeth.
What is a fixed dental bridge? A fixed bridge is for those who have lost all of their pearly whites but still have plenty of supporting jawbone to support an implant. The fixed bridge is usually screwed to the implant or cemented, which means you cannot remove them. Fixed bridges are typically made of porcelain fused to metal. In addition, with a fixed dental bridge your teeth emerge from the gums so you won’t have anything going over your gums or touching the palate.
How long do fixed bridges last? If you take good care of your remaining teeth along with your gums with diligent daily cleaning and biannual professional cleanings and exams, your fixed bridge can well last longer than ten years. Eating a healthy diet and maintaining good oral habits go a long way to making sure your smile can support your fixed bridge and vice versa!
If you have any questions for Dr. Miller Lewis or Dr. David Kelly, please call 540-257-6995 at Christiansburg Dental to speak to a member of our staff in Christiansburg, Virginia. We are happy to schedule a consultation or answer any questions or concerns you may have!