All of your teeth play an important role in speaking, chewing and in maintaining proper alignment of other teeth. If you do lose teeth they must be replaced to maintain proper function of your mouth. Fortunately, there are options for correcting tooth loss. One option for replacing teeth is a dental bridge.
What is a Dental Bridge
A bridge is a restoration which attaches artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth or implants, called abutments. Bridges are fixed restorations that are cemented or attached onto existing teeth or implants. Bridges are not removable and are commonly used to cover a space if you’re missing one or more teeth. Fixed bridges are a great way to restore your dental health and appearance, as are dental implants.
Benefits of Bridges
Oral functionality and appearance are important reasons for wearing a bridge. Bridges and crowns can strengthen teeth and improve their appearance, shape, and function. Replacing missing teeth can also prevent shifting of remaining teeth which can disrupt alignment and function of the mouth.
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.
Oral Hygiene Tips for Bridges
While bridges can last a lifetime, they can sometimes become loose or fall out. It is important to practice great oral hygiene to improve the longevity of your restorations. Brush twice daily and floss daily. Flossing under the bridge with a floss threader will prevent gum disease or recurrent decay around the natural teeth anchoring the bridge. Also remember to visit our office regularly for checkups and professional cleanings.