Missing teeth negatively affect your smile’s appearance, and they can compromise its function, too. Dental bridges can be aesthetically pleasing tooth replacements, and they can help you chew more effectively after tooth loss, as well.
Fixed dental bridges consist of a pontic, which is the artificial replacement tooth or teeth, that is anchored into the smile by crowns that are placed on adjacent teeth. Removable dental bridges, on the other hand, secure the pontic using metal clasps.
Many patients tend to prefer fixed dental bridges because they offer more stability and can be prepared without using any metal.
Your dentist can place a dental bridge in just two or three appointments, making this a quick treatment option in cases of tooth loss. At the first appointment, the dentist will prepare the teeth for crown placement by removing a thin layer of enamel.
The pontic will be carefully designed to match your remaining biological teeth as closely as possible. The lifelike materials available in modern dentistry are so advanced that you may not even be able to tell the artificial tooth from a real one.
There are a number of compelling reasons to choose a dental bridge to replace a missing tooth. A dental bridge will help to maintain your facial structures. While the lips or cheeks can appear sunken in the vicinity of missing teeth, a bridge helps to fill out those structures.
Additionally, if a missing tooth is not replaced, the neighboring teeth may be targeted with forces beyond what they are capable of tolerating. The gums can be affected by those forces, too, making them more susceptible to gum disease. The adjacent teeth may also shift in order to fill in the empty space, compromising the smile’s alignment.
Dental bridges are convenient, cost-effective appliances for replacing missing teeth. If you have experienced tooth loss, consider this treatment option and schedule a consultation with our team at East Hills Dental Associates to learn more about what is involved in the process. Call 516-484-6600 for additional information.