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If you need to replace one or more permanent teeth, a dental bridge in Gallup, New Mexico, may be helpful. A dental bridge is used to close the gap caused by one or more missing teeth. Two or more crowns and a replacement tooth make up a dental bridge. The crowns will be placed on the teeth on either side of the gap, which are called the abutment teeth. A dental bridge can be supported by natural teeth or dental implants.

Benefits of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges can do the following:

• Keep natural teeth from shifting
• Maintain your face shape
• Restore your ability to eat and talk properly
• Properly distribute your bite
• Restore your smile

Dental bridges are very durable and can last 5 to 15 years or more. If you practice good oral hygiene and have regular dental cleanings and exams, your bridge will likely last for 10 or more years.

Caring for Your Dental Bridge
Be sure to practice proper oral hygiene to keep your natural teeth healthy. This is especially important as your dental bridge will be supported by the surrounding teeth. Brush at least twice a day and floss once a day to help prevent gum disease and decay. Also, make sure to visit Ortho*Dental, Inc. often for dental cleanings and exams.

For more information about dental bridges and to schedule your next visit with our dentists, we invite you to contact our dental office today.