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Dr. David A. Mugford
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1660 Village Green
Crofton, MD 21114


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Bridges Can Help Restore Your Oral Health


Posted on 1/15/2017 by Dr. David Mugford
A diagram of how a dental bridge works.
When you lose teeth, several parts of your life can be affected. Missing teeth can make it difficult to eat and speak. Your intact teeth can shift in your mouth. This not only affects your chewing and speaking abilities, but it may change the shape of your face.

Bridges are a common solution to replace missing teeth and restore your life, and oral health, back to normal.

What is a Bridge?

A bridge is a dental appliance that is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Two crowns, which are supported by surrounding healthy teeth, contain the number of missing teeth between them. This is a traditional bridge, and is the most commonly used dental restoration.

There are two other types of bridges, a cantilever bridge, used only when there are adjacent teeth only on one side, and Maryland bridges, which use metal "wings" to attach the substitute fake teeth to surrounding teeth.

Keeps Healthy Teeth in Place
When you are missing teeth, your jawbone begins to weaken, as your body transports essential nutrients elsewhere. Because of this, your healthy teeth can easily shift out of place. A bridge uses your existing teeth as an anchor and fills in the gaps between, keeping your teeth right where they belong.

Even Bite

A bridge not only restores your ability to speak and eat properly, it also makes your bite more even. Missing teeth can lead to added stress on surrounding teeth. This added force can wear down your enamel and affect your gum tissue.

Prevent Gum Disease

Due to your gum tissue being affected by tooth loss, your chances of developing gum disease become greater. Because bridges restore order to your mouth, providing a normal bite, you are better able to prevent gum disease, provided you follow a good oral hygiene routine.

Bridges are an excellent option to restore order to your mouth. They can give you back your beautiful smile and make eating and speaking normal again. Not only that, but they also can help you to restore your oral health, keeping your gums and remaining teeth in good working order. Please contact our office if you have any questions about.

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