A dental bridge is a device used to replace missing teeth. It attaches artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, called abutment teeth. Bridges are either permanently attached (fixed bridges), or they can be removable. Dental bridges are natural-looking tooth replacements that help maintain facial structure, reduce stress on the jaw and fill in the gaps caused by missing teeth. They work by attaching the artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, called abutment teeth. Bridges can either be permanently attached (known as fixed bridges), or removable.
Fixed bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. The procedure involves creating a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth, with a pontic (false tooth) in between. Removable bridges are often more affordable and more convenient than permanent fixed structures, while offering nearly the same support and reliability. They are held in place with metal clasps or precision attachments.
The healthiest thing to do when you lose a tooth is have it replaced. Otherwise, you risk problems with biting, chewing and speaking, headaches, muscle pain and an unattractive appearance. A full mouth of teeth is essential for many daily functions from eating comfortably to speaking clearly. Damaged and missing teeth can also lead to other dental conditions such as gum disease, infection and further tooth loss.
Why do I need a bridge?
Improving both the function and appearance of your mouth are important reasons to wear a bridge. A bridge provides support to the lower part of the face. The loss of a back tooth may result in a sinking of the cheeks, causing your face to look older.
Oral health is the primary consideration when replacing a missing tooth with a bridge. The teeth on the upper and lower jaws are meant to fit together properly and complement each other. When one or more teeth are missing, extra stress affects the gums and other structures of the mouth, potentially resulting in major dental problems such as gum disease and speech disorders.
How do I take care of my bridge?
Just as you would with your natural teeth, make sure to thoroughly brush and floss around the bridge and surrounding teeth. You must remember to practice proper oral hygiene to prevent the build-up of bacteria on your teeth and gums.
If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may be aware of their importance to your appearance and dental health. Your teeth work together for many daily functions from eating to speaking. With missing teeth, it’s difficult to do these things. Missing teeth can and should be replaced. Fixed bridges are a great way to restore your dental health and appearance.