Dental bridges help “bridge the gap” between one or more of a patient’s teeth. Bridges are helpful for restoring missing teeth and a confident smile. Whether you lost some teeth to gum disease or an accident, a dental bridge may be the answer that you are looking for.
It wasn’t that long ago that dentures were the only real solution for missing teeth. And for many patients, they work just fine. But dentures are also known to cause numerous problems. Since they can be hard to properly fit, they have a tendency to slip whenever you are talking or eating, leading to potential embarrassment.
Dentures also result in bone loss in the jawbone underlying the missing teeth. For a more natural-looking smile and fewer complications, you should consider your other treatment options.
Dental Bridges Benefits
· Restore your smile
· Improve chewing
· Improve speaking
· Maintain facial shape
· Protect teeth shifting
What are dental bridges?
A dental bridge is used as a replacement for missing teeth, using false teeth that are anchored with a dental bridge by surrounding, healthy teeth. Your dentist can place a bridge made from ceramic or porcelain after filing down healthy teeth on either side of the gap in your smile. A dental crown is connected to the false tooth, and your dentist would cement your new dental bridge into place.
Even though dental bridges offer more stability than conventional dentures, there are some minuses. For one, your dentist must remove some of the natural tooth structure to allow for the bridge’s attachment. This makes them more vulnerable to problems like tooth decay. Tooth decay around a bridge can significantly shorten the time that a dental bridge lasts.
What about dental implants?
Dental implants are a superior tooth replacement option, but they are not always an option. For example, dental implants cannot be used to replace a large number of consecutive missing teeth. You also need adequate bone mass in the area of an implant.
Dental implants have the advantage of increased stability and durability. Your dentist would place your dental implant directly into your jawbone, so it cannot slip or shift. Implants are made from a strong titanium alloy and capped with a dental crown. Properly cared for, a new dental implant can be expected to last for the life of the patient.