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What Is a Dental Bridge?

When it comes to replacing teeth, our Wilkes-Barre dentist gives you options. We offer a variety of dental restorations to address missing teeth because we understand that tooth loss can cause several more problems down the road without adequate treatment. Our Wilkes-Barre dentist, Dr. James Definnis will explain everything you need to know about dental bridges, a popular tooth restoration.

Dental Bridges Prevent Teeth Drifting

Dental bridges prevent teeth from drifting out of place in response to a missing tooth. This is a common problem associated with tooth loss since the remaining teeth will attempt to make up for the missing tooth. Since teeth are placeholders, without a tooth, shifting often occurs as a result of everyday functions like speech patterns and eating habits that push certain teeth out of place.

The Makeup of a Dental Bridge

A dental bridge is obviously modeled after a structural bridge. Two abutment teeth, or the teeth surrounding the void, support the artificial tooth, the restoration which bridges the gap. The entire bridgework is made of two porcelain crowns placed over the abutment teeth, and one or more artificial teeth to replace the missing teeth in an arch.

Advantages of Dental Bridges

The advantages of a dental bridge include aesthetics. Bridgework is comprised of dyed porcelain material that mimics the natural coloration of a tooth. In addition, the porcelain will be shaped to match every detail of the tooth it replaces from size and shape to cuspids, allowing for better chewing function as well as cosmetic appeal.

Maintaining Dental Bridges

Bridges are also beneficial because they are durable. With meticulous oral hygiene and professional dental cleanings, your dental bridge can last for decades to come. Since dental bridges require some extra effort to clean between the gums and dental restoration, our Wilkes-Barre dentist may offer you advice for using special flossing tools or interdental brushing methods. Continue reading


July 26, 2012 Posted by | Missing Teeth, Restorative Dentistry | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What Causes Enamel Erosion?

Teeth Need Enamel for Protection

Do your teeth feel sensitive when you eat ice cream or drink coffee? Do you find yourself needing more fillings than usual? You may be suffering from enamel erosion. Your smile depends on your tooth enamel to protect the sensitive pulp from extreme temperatures, bacteria, and decay. With this layer diminished, your teeth are more vulnerable to toothache and cavities. Trucksville dentist, Dr. James DeFinnis would like to help you discover what habits or dental conditions might be deteriorating your tooth enamel and your oral health.

Teeth Grinding Weakens Smile Defenses

One of the most common culprits of excessive tooth wear is bruxism. Known as teeth grinding, bruxism is a condition that involves the sufferer unknowingly clenching and gnashing his or her teeth together. Although bruxism more frequently happens during sleep, teeth grinding can also occur during the waking hours when the person is not paying attention. Bruxism is especially dangerous for tooth enamel because grinding involves scraping tooth against tooth, meaning the enamel is up against something equally as hard. The damage compounds since both upper and lower teeth are experiencing extreme pressure.

Hard-Bristled Toothbrushes Wear Away Enamel

While some people believe the harder you brush, the cleaner your teeth become, unfortunately, harsh brushing means weaker tooth enamel. The American Dental Association recommends brushing at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush because harder bristles can actually scrub away the protective outer layer of your tooth. Additionally, beware of brushing too soon after you eat. Fermentable carbohydrates like white bread, pastries, and bagels can temporarily stick to your teeth and cause your tooth enamel to become soft. In this vulnerable state, vigorous brushing could actually do more harm than good. Instead of brushing immediately after eating, try drinking plenty of water to flush away food particles after meals; then, do not forget to brush before bed. Continue reading

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