Your teeth are essential for speaking, chewing, and keeping other tissue in the proper position. While it's common to associate aging with tooth loss, you must replace missing teeth to ensure your mouth functions properly. Our dental bridges are an excellent solution to bring back your beautiful smile and maintain your oral health.
What Are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge is a device that replaces missing teeth after an accident or an extraction. This replacement attaches artificial crowns to neighboring natural teeth, called abutment teeth. There are two main types: fixed and removable.
Fixed bridges are securely attached to the abutment teeth by placing crowns on them or directly bonding artificial teeth. This procedure ensures a stable and permanent solution. On the other hand, removable bridges can be taken out and put back in as needed. They are secured by metal clasps or precision attachments connecting to surrounding teeth.
Why Are Dental Bridges Necessary?
Wearing a dental bridge is essential for two main reasons: it helps improve how you look and how your mouth works. When you have missing teeth, wearing a bridge can support your lips and cheeks, preventing your mouth from sinking in and making your face appear older.
Another important reason for wearing a bridge is to maintain good dental health. Your teeth are designed to work together; when we have missing teeth, your gums and other oral tissue pay the price. As a result, you can suffer from harmful disorders and an increased risk of gum disease. Wearing a bridge can help minimize these issues.
Missing teeth can also affect your speech. Teeth play a role in making the sounds we need to speak clearly. When teeth are missing, it can cause speech problems. Wearing a bridge can help improve speech and restore clear communication.
How Are Dental Bridges Placed?
The attachment procedure for a dental bridge usually requires two or three appointments. During the first appointment, Dr. Jenkins will prepare the teeth on both sides of the gap by removing some of the enamel and dentin.
To achieve a proper bite and match with the opposing tooth, we will take impressions of your teeth and construct the bridge. In the case of fixed bridges, we will cement the bridge to the natural teeth adjacent to the tooth gap. The bridge will include a false tooth, known as a pontic, which replaces the lost tooth.
Why Are Dental Bridges a Convenient Option?
- Improve appearance and prevents facial sagging
- Restore proper oral functionality
- Maintain dental health and prevents oral disorders
- Minimize the risk of gum disease
- Help improve speech and communication
Want to Improve Your Oral Health with Dental Bridges?
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