If you have missing teeth, your dentist can close — or bridge — the gaps in your smile with dental bridges. A dental bridge is a false tooth (called a pontic) that is held in place by the abutment teeth on either side of the gap. Although pontics can be made from a variety of materials such as gold, typically they’re made from porcelain to aesthetically blend in with your natural teeth.
A dental bridge will quite literally bridge the gap between two teeth to replace a missing tooth. Using the teeth on either side of the gap we will anchor a false tooth in between allowing us to restore your smile with no spaces.
If you’re having trouble chewing properly or speaking clearly, that may be the result of missing teeth and a bridge will help. If you’re shy about your smile due to missing teeth a bridge will help that as well.
When a tooth or teeth are missing, several things can occur, such as an aged jawline, shifting teeth and incorrect bite. Replacing the missing tooth or teeth helps to alleviate these ailments that can occur.
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Missing teeth can cause an alteration of facial esthetics. Your face tends to sag and your lips with flatten and thin. Also, when teeth are missing the remaining teeth will shift into unfavorable positions leading to a painful bite and hard to clean teeth resulting in decay.
Restore Your Smile
Gaps from missing teeth can make you self conscious about your smile. Lose the gap. Take your smile back and regain confidence with a bridge.
Keep Your Face In Shape
Missing teeth can change the shape of your face and age it. Jowls can form, and your lips will flatten and thin. Bridges can help prevent these changes.
Keep Teeth In Place
Teeth can drift toward the gaps left by missing teeth, making your smile less attractive. A bridge keeps your teeth where they should be.
Even Bite Force
When teeth are missing the force of your bite can be unevenly distributed. A bridge fills in gaps and allows the bite force to cover all the teeth in an even fashion.
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Dental bridges can last at least five to seven years. With good oral hygiene and regular professional cleanings, the bridge may last more than 10 years.
Crowns can change the structure of your teeth and affect your bite. A bridge can collapse if the abutment teeth are not strong enough to support it. Abutment teeth can be weakened by the procedure(s) and may have to be replaced by dental implants.
The teeth bonding procedure is relatively painless. Most likely, you won’t even need pain relievers. However, you may experience some tooth sensitivity to heat and cold after the procedure.
The bridge procedure is not painful because a local anesthetic is used while paring your teeth and when tyour dentist takes an impression. It is often unnecessary to take an analgesic for pain relief after the treatment.