Each tooth plays an important role in speaking, eating and maintaining proper teeth alignment for a beautiful smile. Tooth loss can occur due to old age, injury or from improper hygiene habits. When a tooth is lost, it’s important to have it replaced to allow for maximum function of the mouth. Dental bridges are a favorable option for correcting tooth loss.
Options for Dental Bridges
Bridges are a device used to replace missing teeth by attaching artificial teeth to the adjacent natural (abutment) teeth. Removable bridges are attached using precision attachments or metal clasps. Fixed bridges are attached using crowns or by bonding artificial teeth directly to the natural teeth.
Bridges vs. Fixed Partial Dentures
Bridges, or fixed partial dentures, fill in gaps in areas of the mouth where teeth are absent. Removable bridges can be taken out when desired or when they need to be cleaned. Fixed bridges are permanently bonded and can only be removed by a dentist.
Advantages of Bridges
Many patients choose a bridge due to appearance and functionality. Loss of teeth can cause the mouth to sink inwards, making you appear older. Bridges help support the cheeks and lips. Without each tooth present to support one another, a variety of dental problems can occur, including an increased risk for gum disease and the development of speech disorders.
The Process of Attaching Bridges
Bridge attachment typically takes two to three appointments to complete. Dr. Sandhu will prepare the teeth by removing some dentin and enamel. Impressions are made of the teeth and sent to the lab where a custom bridge can be made. Bridges may be constructed from porcelain, gold or non-precious alloys, or a combination of materials. To maintain your smile, it’s crucial to brush and floss the bridge and surrounding teeth.