What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a fixed prosthesis that is used to replace one or more missing teeth. The dental bridge fills a gap by attaching itself to the adjacent teeth. However, this will require the adjacent teeth to have a crown placed first. Then the replacement tooth will be joined in the middle. Once the dental bridge is set, it cannot be removed by the patient.
Why is it needed?
Here are a few reasons to consider a dental bridge for tooth replacement:
Enjoy All Foods Again: Eating certain foods becomes difficult without back teeth to grind, crush and tear food, or the front teeth to bite into and cut or slice food. Having a dental bridge to replace a missing tooth improves chewing function.
Improved Appearance: If you have a missing tooth, especially in the front of the mouth, it has a significant impact on appearance. A dental bridge enhances your smile by replacing missing teeth to restore your smile.
Prevent Drifting Of Teeth: Missing teeth can also cause the surrounding teeth to shift. Often the tooth behind the gap may start to move forward which may affect your bite. The teeth above the gap may begin to extend into the free space. This causes an improper bite which may lead to jaw problems.
Avoid Food Traps: Dental bridges close the space where food may get caught between teeth. Food traps are uncomfortable since the gums may become more inflamed when the food is not removed. If left-over food is not removed, it increases the risk of decay on the adjacent teeth.
The process of getting a Dental Bridge:
Getting a dental bridge is a multi-step process. First, the dentist will prepare the adjacent teeth for a crown. This requires removing some of the enamel to allow dental crowns to fit over the teeth properly. After this step, dental impressions are taken of your teeth and sent to a dental laboratory. However, in some cases, your dentist will make a temporary bridge to wear until the dental lab completes the permanent bridge. Once the permanent bridge is ready, your dentist will ensure it fits, and make any necessary adjustments before securing the bridge permanently.
We offer a wide range of tooth replacement options for every budget and smile. Book an appointment now to see if a bridge is the right option for you. Call 647-952-5996