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A dental bridge is vital in restoring your smile after you have lost your tooth. It can bring back your confidence as you will no longer have to hide your smile or be self-conscious. Overall, it can improve significantly your quality of life.

If the dental bridge procedure is performed by Dr. Walter Dukes, you can expect the bridge to last and will not cause any issues. After the procedure, you can start chewing and eating without problems. However, you must carry out an excellent dental care routine.

Fitting a Dental Bridge

Before you decide to have a dental bridge, your dentist, Dr. Walter Dukes, will first assess your mouth and teeth. The teeth that support the bridge must be solid. That is, they must be free of cavities.

Dental bridges may require two visits or more to complete the procedure. During your first visit, we will create a mold of your affected teeth. Depending on your case, fitting a permanent bridge may take place on the second or third visit.

Dr. Dukes will cement your bridge to the natural teeth. Then, he will fix it into place using metal or porcelain wings. Dr. Dukes will apply a local anesthetic when fixing your dental bridge.

Benefits of Dental Bridges


Maintain Natural Shape of Face

After losing a tooth, your jawbone can begin to deteriorate. Remember that your tooth’s roots are the ones stimulating the bones cells. With their absence, your jawbone could start deteriorating. As a result, it can lead to facial collapse, thereby, affecting the shape of your face.

However, it can be prevented through dental bridges.

Enhance Chewing

After losing your tooth, it may be difficult for you to chew or eat food. Pain may develop as the surrounding teeth shift to the open space. Investing in a dental bridge can alleviate this issue. You may call Dr. Walter Dukes office today to inquire about how to restore your tooth through dental bridges.

Improve Speaking

Pronouncing some words can be difficult after losing one or some teeth. But dental bridges can fix it. Keep in mind that teeth play a vital part in helping you speak. To resolve your speaking issues as a result of tooth loss, speak to our tooth restoration dentist today.

How Long Does a Dental Bridge Last?

Dental bridges can last more than a decade. But you must practice excellent dental care routine. Remember that the teeth that support the bridge could still suffer from decay.

One of the reasons is the food that sticks between the teeth and the false tooth. If it is left untreated, decay can easily set in. The natural teeth will be weakened. As a result, the dental bridge will fail. And one of the symptoms of it is pain when you chew or bite down.

Decay can also happen because of a poorly fitted bridge. The natural wear and tear of the bridge can result in decay. After a decade of receiving the bridge, the cement holding the teeth may crack. As a result, the food particles build up in the small holes leading to decay and infection. That’s why it is vital that you practice excellent oral hygiene after dental bridge treatment.

Most patients of Dr. Walter Dukes are still working properly a decade after. Then again, these patients followed Dr. Walter’s instructions on how to properly take care of their teeth and the bridge. They also visit his dental office regularly.

What to Expect After Getting a Dental Bridge

After a dental bridge procedure, you will feel mild to moderate pain. It is a normal experience because of the bruising around the gums. However, it should be gone after a few days. If it persists for a week, it may indicate an infection. Worse, it is an ill-fitting bridge that requires re-work.

Sensitivity is also normal. The affected teeth will be sensitive to extreme heat and cold after the procedure. You will also experience a dull ache in your gums along with the sensitivity. But it should subside in a few days or weeks.

Maintaining Dental Bridges

You need to care for your dental bridge to ensure its longevity. When caring for it, make sure to brush your teeth twice a day. Use fluoride toothpaste to maintain a clean set of teeth every day. You may also use toothpaste that comes with silica. It is similar to what dental health professionals are using. Don’t forget to floss. You can do it once a day to remove any food debris under the false tooth. It also gets rid of debris between your natural teeth. If you do not like using regular floss, try a tiny brush that can access the nooks and crannies between your teeth.

Most of all, visit Dr. Walter Dukes regularly for professional cleaning. To schedule an appointment, please call 805-963-1222.