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 must be replaced to maintain proper function of your mouth. Fortunately, there are options for correcting tooth loss.
Dental Bridge Options
A bridge a device used to replace missing teeth attaches artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, called abutment teeth. Bridges are either permanently attached (fixed bridges), or they can be removable (PARTIAL DENTURES).
What exactly is a fixed bridge?
A bridge is a device which fills the gap of missing teeth. Fixed bridges are bonded to the teeth neighboring the gap and can only be removed by a dental professional. Fixed bridges offer more stability, better esthetics, and a more natural feeling than their counterpart, removable partial dentures.
Why do I need a bridge?
With missing teeth, you may still be able to chew your food adequately, but you will experience a slow, gradual shifting of your teeth that can create gaps, badly tipped teeth, gum disease, and eventual jaw joint (TMJ) problems. 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. These problems may not result in pain or discomfort for a considerable period of time, but once these problems develop, bridge placement is complicated as teeth have become compromised. If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may be aware of their importance to your appearance and dental function. Your teeth work together for many daily purposes from eating to speaking. Missing teeth can and should be replaced. Fixed bridges are a great way to restore your dental health and appearance with a result that feels natural.
How do I take care of my dental bridge?
A regular regimen of brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean. This is important as the bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support.