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Sometimes, a tooth can be lost because of severe decay, gum disease, an injury, or another issue. If you have lost one or more teeth, Dr. Lori Hawkins may recommend a dental bridge in Belpre, Ohio. Two dental crowns with a replacement tooth in between make up a dental bridge. The dental crowns are placed on the teeth on either side of the gap, to anchor the bridge.

What are the advantages of dental bridges?
Your dental bridge can do many things for you and your smile, including:

– Restore your ability to talk and eat correctly
– Restore your smile
– Maintain your face shape
– Prevent your remaining teeth from shifting
– Properly distribute your bite by replacing missing teeth

How long will my dental bridge last?
Generally, a dental bridge can last from 5 to 15 years, or even longer. The lifespan of your bridge will depend on your oral hygiene and your dedication to regular dental checkups.

Will chewing with a dental bridge be difficult?
Since dental bridges replace missing teeth, eating with a bridge should be easier. However, you should eat soft foods that are cut into small pieces until you become accustomed to your new dental bridge.

How do I take care of a dental bridge?
Be sure to brush twice a day and floss once a day to uphold your oral health. Visiting our dentist at least twice a year is also important. Your bridge needs a solid, healthy foundation from the surrounding teeth.

To learn more and to schedule your next visit, we welcome you to contact Hawkins Family Dentistry at 740-423-8416 today.