When a patient must replace a missing tooth or several missing teeth, several concerns come up. One of them is often the effect of tooth loss on the patient’s speech.
Indeed, when missing teeth are not replaced, it can have significant impact on the patient’s ability to talk properly. Tooth replacement appliances, like dental bridges, can be a valuable tool for maintaining the patient’s normal speech.
Missing teeth create spaces in the smile, and those spaces can alter the flow of air that typically occurs when we form the sounds that create words.
By filling in those spaces, dental bridges help to preserve the patient’s original speech patterns.
This may seem to be an afterthought of tooth loss, but take a moment to reflect on how important your ability to speak is. You use it on a daily basis in your personal and professional lives. If your loved ones or colleagues are not able to understand you, it will have a negative effect on your quality of life.
When planning for a dental bridge, your dentist will carefully assess your particular case and gather data that is used to inform the design of the bridge so that it is a perfect fit for your smile. As part of this process, your dentist will take impressions and forward them to the dental lab that will be creating the bridge.
Dental bridges are made of lifelike materials so that it is difficult to determine where the bridge ends and your natural smile begins.
It generally takes two or three appointments to be fitted with a dental bridge. The dentist gathers the necessary information at the first appointment, and then the patient returns to have the bridge placed when it is ready. Crowns must first be placed on adjacent teeth to support the bridge.
Rather than negatively affect your speech, like tooth loss often does, a dental bridge can help to preserve it. If you’ve experienced tooth loss, ask our dental team for more information about this treatment option. Call 516-484-6600 to schedule your appointment today.