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Are bridges permanent?

A dental bridge is a custom-made device with one or more artificial teeth attached to bridge the gap between teeth. Dental bridges can restore your bite, smile and help maintain the natural shape of your face. Though not considered a permanent restoration, a dental bridge can last five years or longer, though this will vary based on your maintenance and oral hygiene. It’s important to keep up with routine checkups to maintain good condition of your bridge.

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How do I know if I need a dental bridge?

When you damage or lose a tooth, the rest of your teeth are at risk of shifting or becoming damaged or weak. Dental issues like shifting can make it difficult to speak or chew and alter the appearance of your smile. If you are missing teeth and want to protect or enhance your smile, a dental bridge may benefit you!

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What is the difference between bridges and implants?

If you are evaluating all restorative dentistry options, you have likely come across dental implants. The main difference between bridges and implants is that implants are surgically placed to support or attach to permanent dental bridges or other restorative dentistry options. Since dental bridges don’t require surgery, they tend to be less costly than implants but may need to be replaced at some point. If you’re uncertain about which restorative dentistry option is right for you, Dr. Desai and our team are happy to help determine which will benefit you!

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