If you are missing one tooth, a dental bridge may be used to replace the missing tooth. A dental bridge is a type of fixed bridge, meaning it is cemented into place and not removable. A fixed bridge consists of one or more artificial teeth anchored by dental crowns on either side of the gap. The crowns fit over the teeth adjacent to the gap, and the bridge spans the gap. The artificial teeth are known as pontics. Dental bridges are sometimes referred to as fixed partial dentures.
They can also correct the misalignment of a tooth. They are semi-permanent and typically made from ceramic material.
What are the benefits of a dental bridge?
The benefits of a dental bridge include:
A dental bridge replaces missing teeth, restoring form and function to your smile. The porcelain crowns on either side of the bridge are crafted to look just like natural teeth. Together, the bridge and crowns restore your smile’s appearance, shape, and function.
A dental bridge can close the gap in your smile, which improves your speech. If you have a missing tooth, the muscles in your mouth and cheeks can become tense. This tension between your facial muscles can cause you to talk unnaturally, which can affect your speech and your self-confidence.
Improved chewing ability
Because the dental bridge is designed to hold your replacement tooth in its proper place, eating and chewing are much easier. You won’t have to worry about your teeth moving around while you eat or talk.
Improved oral health
A dental bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial ones. This not only improves your smile’s appearance but also prevents your remaining teeth from shifting position, which can lead to crookedness. Ultimately, this can improve your oral health.
Prevents a “sunken-in” appearance
If you have a missing tooth, a dental bridge can help restore your smile. Your bridge is made of two crowns with an artificial tooth in the middle. The crowns fit over the teeth on each side of the gap, and the artificial tooth fills in the gap, creating a complete smile.
Improves ability to clean teeth
When you lose a tooth, you also lose the support the tooth root provided. This can cause the surrounding teeth to shift, which can affect your bite. Additionally, food particles can get trapped between the gaps and cause decay. A dental bridge provides support, restoring your ability to clean teeth, and also helps to close gaps to prevent misalignment or decay.
How do I care for my dental bridge?
Caring for your dental bridge is easy. You’ll need to practice good oral hygiene habits, including brushing twice a day and flossing daily. You also need to visit your dentist at least every six months for routine cleanings and examinations.
Vosh Dental is equipped with the best dentists and modern amenities that enable the best treatment for the patients. To learn more about our dental bridges, visit our office at 4541 HERITAGE TRACE PARKWAY SUITE #1301 FORT WORTH, TX 76244. You can also reach us at (817) 203-1561 and schedule an appointment.