Missing teeth? Stop them from causing problems with a bridge
A dental bridge can help to stop oral health problems from arising by replacing missing teeth and supporting the surrounding teeth.
A bridge is a group of interconnected crowns. Two “abutment” crowns are established on the teeth bordering each side of the gap left by the missing teeth. In between the abutment teeth, false teeth known as “pontics” fill the gap.
Bridges are effective and durable, and can last in excess of 10 years if properly cared for.
How is a dental bridge built?
- The first step is to prepare the abutment teeth. To do this the dentist re-contours the teeth to allow room for a dental crown to be installed. Once this step is complete, an impression of the area is made as a model for the dental lab to manufacture your bridge – both the abutment crowns and the pontics. As you wait for your bridge to be made, your dentist will fit you with a temporary bridge to wear to protect the exposed teeth and gums.
- In this second step, your temporary bridge is removed, and the new bridge is positioned and adjusted, as necessary, to ensure a good fit. Follow-up visits may be needed to monitor the fit make sure your bite is correct. Once the fit and bite are deemed correct, the bridge is cemented into place.
Why invest in a bridge?
Missing teeth can cause oral health issues, affect your ability to chew properly, and impact your confidence. For example:
- If one or more teeth are missing, the surrounding teeth can shift out of place. When your teeth move out of position, your bite can become misaligned or unbalanced, and a temporomandibular joint disorder can be the result
- Without all your teeth, chewing can become more difficult. You may avoid certain foods or be unable to enjoy favourite foods. Additionally, improper chewing can impact your body’s ability to digest all the nutrients in unchewed food
- Gaps left by missing teeth can trap food particles, leaving you vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease
- With missing teeth many people find that they are more likely to bite their tongue and cheek
- Because missing teeth can cause your remaining teeth to shift, over time you may find you face loses its shape because your cheeks lack the support of the missing teeth.
A dental bridge can improve your smile and your oral health in a number of ways. You could be an excellent candidate for a dental bridge if you want to:
- Replace missing teeth
- Preserve your facial shape
- Prevent your teeth from shifting
- Restore chewing and speaking ability
- Simply restore your smile
Protect your smile
Dental bridges can mitigate the health problems caused by missing teeth, and unlike partial dentures, bridges don’t require special cleaning, just careful brushing and flossing. Enjoy the foods you love, protect your oral health and share your bright, beautiful smile with the world.