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Perhaps you’ve lost a permanent tooth because of oral trauma or periodontal disease. If so, stay calm and get a dental bridge. Below you’ll find the basics about why dental bridges are amazing:

A dental bridge is a dental appliance made of durable porcelain that is custom fit to your mouth. It has three “teeth” — one pontic (false tooth), and two crowns (tooth-shaped coverings for teeth on either side of the gap) to serve as anchors.

You can choose between a fixed or removable dental bridge. Fixed bridges, also called fixed partial dentures, are anchored to your mouth with biocompatible posts; they are a kind of dental implant.

Removable bridges are anchored through metal clasps and can be taken out and cleaned; they might remind you of traditional dentures. Fixed bridges tend to be more popular, but Dr. C.R. (Chip) Edwards, Jr. can give you the best advice about your situation.

A dental bridge will both make it easier to chew your food and pronounce your words more clearly. They are designed to function almost exactly like your natural teeth.

The average life of a dental bridge is 5-7 years. However, if you have excellent oral hygiene, your bridge can last 10 years or even longer.

Want to learn more? Call C.R. (Chip) Edwards, Jr., D.D.S. at (407) 322.6052 in Sanford, Florida today and restore your smile to its former glory.