What is a Dental Bridge?
A bridge is used to fill the space where a tooth has been removed or fallen out. A bridge consists of a pontic (a filler tooth) that is attached to two surrounding crowns. Once completed, this bridge structure is bonded into the mouth. Without the use of a bridge, spaces in the mouth from missing teeth can cause multiple teeth to shift, leading to biting or jaw problems and bring on periodontal disease.
Benefits of a Dental Bridge
A dental bridge can help you to chew and eat normally as there is no longer a gap in the jaw. It can also help individuals to speak more clearly, filling the gaps in the teeth which may change the way sounds are made in the mouth.
Aesthetically, a dental bridge can compensate for the loss of the original teeth, particularly if the bridge is closely matched in color to the surrounding teeth. This can help to improve self-esteem and confidence in patients who are uncomfortable with missing teeth in their smile.
When a bridge is used to replace the missing teeth, the teeth on either side are held firmly in place, this reduces the risk of movement. Many patients also prefer dental bridges because of the way they feel in the mouth and their easy maintenance. Unlike dentures, bridges do not need to be removed regularly for cleaning and can be cleaned just like natural teeth by brushing.