Did you recently have a tooth extracted? Maybe you lost one, either due to gum disease or trauma to your mouth. You might think that a partial denture is the obvious choice for restoration, but some patients find unsupported dentures to be uncomfortable. Others feel self-conscious, because dentures can shift about during chewing. Fortunately, dental bridges offer a beautiful and stable alternative, one that can be completed quickly and leave you with a great-looking smile, but also one that inspires confidence at dinnertime and beyond. So if you want to enjoy your meals, and more, talk to your restorative dentist about the unique benefits of a dental bridge.
What Could a Dental Bridge Do for Your Smile?
- Bridges are more stable than unsupported dentures, because they allow a replacement tooth to be anchored by two dental crowns, securely affixed to teeth adjacent to your gap.
- Using this method of restoration you can replace a single lost tooth, or several, without fear that your prosthetic will move during meals or even speaking.
- No adhesives will be necessary, because the prosthetic tooth will be directly connected to the dental crowns atop your natural teeth.
- Dental bridges are relatively fast and affordable, particularly compared to dental implants, which require oral surgery and months of healing.
- That said, some patients opt to have dental bridges affixed to a dental implant rather than a real tooth, often because of more severe tooth loss.
- In fact, even patients who have lost most or all of their teeth, could benefit from the use of dental implants to anchor a dental bridge. Keep in mind that implants help to stabilize the jaw, and prevent the shrinking that naturally occurs when a tooth’s root is no longer there to support the jaw with nutrients.