Whether it’s your keys in the morning or a $20 bill you thought you left in your pocket, losing anything can create unwanted anxiety, stress, and often frustration. But many temporary annoyances pale in comparison to the angst that is often caused by adult tooth loss. It can be incredibly difficult coping with an incomplete smile, both from a cosmetic standpoint and functionally. In fact, tooth loss is the reason many adults begin to struggle with malnutrition as they age. If you want to end the frustration and return to life the way you enjoyed it before the loss of a tooth or an extraction, there is hope. Dental bridges are a beautiful and structurally sound way to address tooth loss.
How Bridges Work
Dental bridges rely on a combination of crowns and a prosthetic tooth, such as a partial denture, to bridge the gap created by a lost tooth or teeth. By securing the prosthetic to crowns, which are affixed to your teeth adjacent to the gap, a dental bridge provides a stable way to complete a smile, and one that allows patients to chew and speak confidently. Even if you’re not highly concerned with the look of your smile after the loss of a tooth, prompt treatment is recommended to prevent your other teeth from shifting into the created gap. Replacing a tooth also makes it easier to chew as you normally would, without needing to avoid certain areas of your mouth.
Dental bridges are more stable than using adhesives, but also take less time to complete than dental implants, making them an ideal choice for many patients. Although, dental bridges can be anchored by dental implants, if you have lost several teeth.