Having one or more missing teeth can be an embarrassing situation. Teeth can fall out for numerous reasons, including age, decay, a heavy blow to the face, or some other form of damage. A missing tooth can cause a gap in your smile that may not be desirable, but it can also put the teeth on either side of the gap in danger of becoming crooked or misaligned. Depending on where the missing tooth is, it can also change the shape of your face and give it a sunken appearance in that area, as well as making it more difficult to pronounce words correctly when you are speaking. Fortunately, there is a way you can resolve this issue, through a process called dental bridging. So, what are dental bridges?
How Do Dental Bridges Work?
Dental bridges are dental restorations that are used to fill in the gap caused by one or more missing teeth, in such a way that it looks natural and are beneficial to your gums and the teeth surrounding the gaps. When you are given a dental bridge, the teeth on either side of the gap will be prepared as if you are about to receive crowns. There will be a mold made of the area where the missing tooth used to be, to ensure a perfect and comfortable fit inside your mouth. The dental bridge, which includes one or more resilient, high quality artificial teeth, is then cemented into the gap, as well as over the surface of the surrounding teeth.
The Advantages of Having a Dental Bridge
A dental bridge will not only fill in the inconvenient gap occasioned by a missing tooth, but it will support the teeth on either side to make them more stable and also to prevent them from getting out of placed or damaged. This also prevents and corrects any jaw issues from your other teeth trying to compensate for and fill in the gap. A dental bridge will make it much easier to chew and talk, as well as improving your smile. It is also very strong and can withstand almost as much as a normal healthy tooth can. It is popular because it is a more permanent option than dentures. However, depending on how much your dental bridge is put through, you may need to get it re-cemented or even replaced.