Summary: Wondering what a dental bridge can do for your missing teeth? Dental bridges can help restore your smile and provide a natural appearance to blend in with surrounding teeth. In our video above, we explain how dental bridges work and what they can do for you.
A bridge is a fixed prosthetic that can be an effective solution in cases of partial tooth loss. It is exactly as the name suggests, a bridge that replaces lost teeth between your remaining strong ones. However, in order to qualify for a dental bridge, you must have remaining teeth that are strong enough to support it. If you do, we will place dental crowns on those teeth these teeth so they can serve as anchors to hold up a gum-colored base that we can use to secure the bridge. Essentially, your remaining teeth provide the support necessary for ensuring your new tooth or teeth stay in place.
There are several reasons to get a dental bridge, including restoring the appearance of your smile; giving you the ability to eat and speak normally; preserving the shape and structure of your face; and preventing pressure and wear on your remaining teeth.
When you visit our dental office, we can discuss what the differences will be like from the perspective of the treatment and process. Generally speaking, the most significant difference between a dental bridge and dentures is that dentures are removable. Since they need to come out nightly, you will not have a full set of teeth 24/7. Simultaneously, anything removable runs the risk of becoming loose or even falling out at inconvenient times. For this reason, patients may be uncomfortable wearing dentures and prefer a more secure solution. If you are wearing dentures currently and find that you have difficulty eating your favorite foods, laughing loudly, or playing sports when wearing them, consider this alternative.
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