Dental Bridges are used to restore your teeth when one or more of them are missing. In order for a bridge to be placed, the surrounding teeth must be in good enough shape to hold the crowns that support the bridge.
The Fixed Bridge
A fixed dental bridge is a natural-looking false tooth, which is fused between two porcelain crowns to fill in the open space created by a missing tooth. The two surrounding porcelain crowns are bonded to your natural teeth to hold the false tooth in place. Fixed dental bridges can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. Since they are bonded to your natural teeth, fixed bridges cannot be removed like you can do with removable partial dentures. At the same time, they are a more permanent, comfortable and functional alternative to removable dentures.
Why You May Need a Bridge
A recent Dental Bridges article on Web MD shows just how amazing your result can be with the newer technology Dr. Hartman uses in this process.
When you have a loose tooth or one that is missing, the areas of empty space between your teeth can begin to cause problems for your remaining teeth. You are also more susceptible to gum disease in those areas. Deciding to have a bridge placed can aid in preventing such problems as:
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- Speech issues
- Exposure to gum disease
- Shifting of teeth
- Issues with neuromuscular function (your bite)
What are the advantages to having a dental bridge?
Choosing to have a dental bridge can relieve several dental issues such as:
- Shifting or moving teeth
- Difficulty speaking and eating
- Pain in your jaw, facial muscles, and neck
- Neuromuscular issues and TMD symptoms
- Increased exposure to gum disease and infection
Missing teeth leave a large gap between your teeth and in your jawbone. This gap may cause several issues and leave your teeth susceptible to shifting. Teeth tend to move around when they have extra space surrounding them. Your teeth may shift causing crooked teeth and pain. The exposed gum is more likely to develop gum disease. A replacement tooth will prevent these issues and add to your overall health.
As with any other dental procedure, it is important to be sure you are fully informed about your options and the details when choosing to have a bridge placed. At Midwest Dental in Chesterfield, Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. Jennifer Wheeler, DMD makes it her goal to take part in a lengthy consultation with each and every one of our prospective patients to be sure we will work well together.
To learn more about dental bridges or any other type of cosmetic dentistry procedure, please contact Dr. Jennifer Wheeler, DMD at Midwest Dental in Chesterfield by calling (314) 576-3737 or simply click here to contact us for an appointment.