Sometimes when a tooth is lost a space is left which can be unsightly, can cause difficulty in chewing or can result in movement of the adjacent teeth. There are many options for filling spaces including implants, dentures and bridgework. If you have lost one or two teeth but would rather not wear a denture, you may want to opt for a bridge. Bridges are a series of crowns joined together to cover or close a space left by the loss of a tooth. They are fixed and once bonded into place will look and feel similar to a natural tooth.
Bridges can be supported by natural teeth or by implants. At Smile Zone we will check the health of your gums and the supported teeth to ensure that they are suitable for treatment and take appropriate measures if they are not. We will discuss all your options with you to ensure that you can keep your mouth healthy and your smile stunning with a well-fitting and natural looking bridge.
ADVANTAGES OF HAVING A DENTAL BRIDGE:
Generally speaking, the main advantages of having a dental bridge are:
In a traditional fixed bridge, not only can you fill the space of the missing tooth, you can improve the colour and the shape of the teeth that you are crowning either side. Porcelain looks great, matches the natural teeth exceptionally well and is very resistant to staining.
A bridge is fixed in your mouth - you don't have to worry about taking it out to clean it like a denture.
If the teeth either side are heavily filled or broken down then by crowning these teeth as part of the bridge you are actually helping to strengthen them and replace your missing tooth at the same time.
A bridge in general takes only a little longer than a single crown and once the decision to make a bridge has been made, it generally takes two appointments from start to finish. This is a much quicker procedure than having an implant or even a partial denture.
Studies have shown that fixed bridgework, like individual crowns, is very predictable, durable and lasts a considerable length of time.
If you are missing numerous teeth, you probably look at old photographs and wish you can have that smile back. This wish can become a reality.
Losing a few teeth may affect your bite. People often chew on one side if they are missing teeth on the opposite side. Over time, this may cause bite issues and even TMJ problems. Dental bridgework may help you to distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth.
During speech, your tongue pushes against the side of your upper teeth to achieve proper pronunciation. Missing teeth can quickly affect the way you talk.
Your facial musculature and your jaw bone may change over time if you are missing many teeth. Replacing lost teeth will help maintain your facial tone and prevent facial changes.
Whenever a tooth is lost, the teeth around the space tend to shift, tilt, or drift into that space. A dental bridge would prevent undesired changes in the nearby teeth.
Furthermore, avoiding sugary foods and keeping to a healthy, nutritious diet will also maintain tooth and gum health.
Another reason is when you lose a tooth the gap left by a missing tooth can mean more strain is put on the teeth at either side. Also, the resulting gap between surrounding teeth can widen as these teeth shift or rotate out of position. When the dentist inserts a bridge to close the bothersome gap, healthy alignment of your teeth is restored for normal chewing, speaking and smiling.