Dental bridges comprise of an artificial tooth in-between two crowns that are fixed on two either side teeth. The two crowns placed on the teeth are referred to as abutment teeth. The false teeth are known as pontics that are made up of materials eg gold, alloys, porcelain, metal, etc. Dental bridges require support of natural teeth or dental implants which last for a period of 5-15 years or even longer. Following proper oral hygiene and regular check-ups can help increase the lifespan of the bridge for up to 10 years. However, the success of the dental bridges is also related to the health and strength of the remaining teeth. A good oral hygiene will include brushing twice a day a flossing daily which would avoid any unfortunate tooth loss or damage. A bone graft may be mandatory in some cases of tooth extraction. A graft takes approximately three to six months to heal to be ready for the dental implant. The initial cost of dental bridges can be less but may include cost during the replacement procedure in the future. In recent dental advancements, dental implants are preferred by many medical specialists in place of bridges as they are cost effective in the long run. The health and strength of teeth is majorly reliant on proper care and hygiene. A dentist or a dental hygienist can suggest and guide appropriate ways to brush and floss teeth. Regular checkups can help identify and diagnose problems early and can initiate treatment at an early stage to enable the individual for greatest dental health.
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