All of your teeth play an important role in speaking, chewing and in maintaining proper alignment of other teeth. Tooth loss doesn’t necessarily have to occur as you age, but if you do lose teeth they should be replaced to maintain proper function of your mouth. Fortunately, there are options for correcting tooth loss.
Dental Bridge Options
A dental bridge — a procedure used to replace missing teeth — attaches artificial teeth to adjacent teeth, called abutment teeth. Bridges are permanently attached.
Bridges are applied by either placing crowns on the abutment teeth or by bonding the artificial teeth directly to the abutment teeth.
If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may be aware of their importance to your appearance and dental health. Your teeth work together for many daily functions from eating to speaking. With missing teeth, it’s difficult to do these things. Missing teeth can and should be replaced. Fixed bridges are a great way to restore your dental health and appearance.
What exactly is a dental bridge?
A bridge (fixed partial denture) is a device which fills the gap where teeth are missing. Fixed bridges are cemented into place and can only be removed by a dental professional.
Why do I need a dental bridge?
Oral functionality and appearance are important reasons for requiring a bridge. A bridge helps support your lips and cheeks. The loss of a molar (back) tooth may cause your mouth to sink and your face to look older.
Dental health is the most important reason for a bridge. Teeth were designed to complement each other. Unusual stresses are placed on the gums and other oral tissues when teeth are missing, causing a number of potentially harmful disorders.
Increased risk of gum disease has proven to be one of the worst side effects of missing teeth and can be minimized with a bridge.
How do I take care of my bridge?
A strict regimen of brushing and flossing along with routine dental exams and cleanings will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth healthy. This is of critical importance as the bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support.