Dental bridges—can they still get cavities?

One of the most common ways to replace one or more missing teeth in the smile is with a restoration called the dental bridge. A dental bridge is a natural-looking restoration that is made of porcelain and “bridges the gap” left behind from teeth that are lost due to trauma, disease, or extraction. Drs Peck, Homsi, Tyra, and Seo of Taylor Street Dental in Springfield, MA help you determine if you are a good candidate for dental bridges and help you understand what a bridge can and cannot do for your smile.

What is a dental bridge?

This restoration is a prosthetic that has a crown on each side fused with false teeth in the middle, which creates a single porcelain piece that is bonded over the adjacent teeth for support. The surrounding teeth are prepared for the placement of bridge and covered with the crowns.

Can I still get cavities with a dental bridge?

While it may appear that the dental bridge covers the tooth structure, it is easy to assume that the bridge itself is protecting the natural teeth underneath from cavities and infection. The crowns on the sides of the bridge may seem like a protective cover, but it does not mean that these teeth aren’t vulnerable to infection and decay just like the other teeth in the smile. Bacteria or food particles can become trapped underneath the bridge crowns, or damage to the bridge might cause a crack that can allow bacteria in underneath. Alternatively, you may find that crowns make it more difficult to keep the abutment, or supportive, teeth clean, resulting in a higher risk of decay or disease.

How can I keep my smile healthy?

You should always be proactive about caring for your smile to reduce their risk of dental problems that can cause extensive damage to the teeth or gums. Our dentists at Taylor Street Dental in Springfield, MA educate patients on their options when it comes to replacing missing teeth and may talk to patients about the pros and cons of dental bridges. Call 413-781-7645 to request a consultation visit and initial evaluation with Drs. Peck, Homsi, Tyra, and Seo.

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