Missing teeth can have a negative effect on your self-confidence and your overall oral health. A missing tooth can cause the rest of your teeth to shift and may affect your ability to chew, bite and speak normally. For those who want to fill the gap left by a missing tooth but aren’t comfortable investing the time and finances required for implant surgery, dental bridges might be a good alternative.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is a prosthetic tooth used to replace one or more missing teeth. Unlike implants, however, dental bridges do not extend into the root. Rather, they are attached, or “anchored” to the natural teeth on either side of the open space to bridge the gap.
Dental bridges can be made of porcelain, gold alloys or ceramic. They are designed to mimic the color and shape of your surrounding teeth for the most authentic, natural look possible. Bridges can last a long time depending on the material chosen and the patient’s personal hygiene.
Is a dental bridge the right option for me?
While dental bridges cannot completely replace a lost tooth as a dental implant can, they still offer a variety of benefits. These benefits include:
- Cosmetic enhancements
- Prevents neighboring teeth from shifting
- Preservation of a person’s oral health
- Easier speaking, biting and chewing
- Restores bite tension
If a gap from a missing tooth is left untreated, the surrounding teeth may begin to weaken and shift. This can severely affect a person’s bite — leading to more serious problems such as TMJ issues, headaches, and jaw aches.
Why should I choose a dental bridge?
Several factors may go into choosing a dental bridge over an implant. Many people are not candidates for implants for a variety of reasons. Others choose to have a bridge placed for convenience or as a more cost-effective option. Regardless of the reason, dental bridges have been provided by dentists for decades as an effective solution to replace one or more missing teeth. With a prosthetic bridge from Mary Ellen Wynn, DDS, you will be able to laugh, chew and speak normally – without having to worry about an uncomfortable or embarrassing gap.
If you think you may be a candidate for a dental bridge, contact our office today at 513-922-4221 to schedule an appointment. Together, we can decide if a dental bridge is the right option for you!
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