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Missing a tooth can cause several problems. That space in your smile can make you feel self-conscious and a little awkward during conversations or when the camera comes out. But that same space can give bacteria and plaque a place to hide and contribute to gum disease and tooth decay. It can also allow your remaining teeth to drift out of their proper alignments.

An easy way to solve the problem of missing teeth is with a dental bridge. Dental bridges are great for people who don’t want the extra care that is required with dentures, or the surgery involved with implants. Our dentist, Dr. Ayesha Rahman will be happy to tell you more about bridges, and help you decide if one is right for you.

A bridge can last ten years if you take proper care of it. The proper care includes brushing your teeth, including your bridge at least twice a day and flossing once a day. If a piece of food gets caught under your bridge, or plaque starts to build up, you could develop a cavity or gum disease. You bridge is held in place by crowns, which need healthy gums to do their jobs. You may have some trouble flossing your bridge, and floss threader may help you reach those difficult areas. You may want to talk to the dentist about a proxy brush. The dentist will want to see you every six months for your routine cleaning and exam.

Do you think a bridge may be right for you? If you would like to find out, you can call (770)-939-5122 to make an appointment at Lavista Park Family Dentistry in Tucker, Georgia.