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Dental bridges

Mind the gap! Or just get a bridge. A dental bridge is a way to fill in the gap left by one or more missing teeth.

By Zeel Editorial Staff, Last updated: June 26, 2012

Dental bridges are something of a cross between an implant and a full set of dentures. They are substitutes for missing teeth that are leveraged between existing teeth in the mouth. Dental bridges are excellent at filling large gaps in the mouth due to periodontal disease or accident, though they require overall good dental health and hygiene.

What It's Good For

Dental bridges are used as a method of restoring both the cosmetic apprearance and full function to a mouth missing one or more teeth.

Who it works for: The ideal candidate for dental bridges has both missing teeth and good dental hygiene, as bridges can trap bacteria if not well-cared for.

Recommended age range: Anyone with permanent (adult) teeth who is missing one or more teeth is a candidate for dental bridges.

How long it lasts: Dental bridges last 10 to 15 years if well-cared for.

Key benefits of dental bridges: Dental bridges resemble normal teeth. They never have to be removed from the mouth. Dental bridges can prevent nearby teeth from spreading into the gap left by missing teeth. They may improve speech.

Licensed uses: Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth.

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