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Poor dental and gum health linked to an elevated risk for heart disease and several types of cancer

Pathogens from gum disease and poor oral/dental health can be linked to an elevated risk of several types of cancer, such as esophageal cancer, breast cancer, and gallbladder cancer, as well as cardiovascular disease.

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Bridge

A dental bridge is a false tooth (called a pontic) that's used to fill the gap. Unlike traditional removable dentures, a dental bridge is permanent as it's anchored to the teeth at one, or both, sides using metal bands held in place by resin or cement. If well cared for, a dental bridge should last for 10 to 15 years.

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How your bridge is fitted

It will take at least two visits to your dentist to have a bridge fitted and adjusted correctly. On your first visit preparatory work will be done, such as making space for new crowns for a fixed bridge. Your dentist will then take a mould of your teeth from which your bridge will be made. On your next visit, your bridge will be fitted and adjusted to ensure a correct bite. It is unlikely your dentist will permanently fix your bridge until you've worn it for a few weeks and are both happy with the fit and feel. It will then be fixed permanently into place.

Caring for a dental bridge

Even the best fitting bridge will still have gaps around and beneath it, and these can quickly accumulate damaging debris if you do not follow a strict hygiene regime. You should pay particular attention to the false tooth that forms the bridge, cleaning and flossing regularly. Extra care should also be given to the supporting teeth either side of the bridge, as without these, the bridge will fail.

There is a range of specially adapted tools to help you access the awkward areas around a bridge, and your dentist or hygienist will be happy to demonstrate these for you.

Alternatives to a dental bridge

The only alternatives to a dental bridge are dentures or implants. Single tooth dentures can be uncomfortable and awkward where only one or two teeth are involved, and are not generally recommended for this purpose. Dental implants involve having a false tooth fixed to a titanium post that has been screwed into the jawbone.

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