If you have missing teeth and are feeling insecure about your smile, there might be a solution for you. Dental bridges allow patients to restore their smile by replacing missing teeth with natural-looking artificial replacements that will prevent your teeth from shifting and allow you to eat or speak normally. A lot of patients prefer dental bridges over other cosmetic dental tooth replacements like implants because of the less invasive methods your dentist will take to restore your smile. Instead of having surgery, your dentist will simple take molds of your teeth and craft a wearable device that connects two teeth with a gap of missing teeth in between. This bridge will have the artificial teeth resting in the center that should fit perfectly where your missing teeth once were.

To learn more about why bridges are needed, what types of dental bridges exist, and their benefits, you can continue reading down below.

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Park Dental Care offers a similar explanation to the one above as to why a patient might need a dental bridge. Even though restoring your smile can be a major confidence-booster and is good for your self-esteem, dental bridges offer additional perks that can aid your dental health. If your teeth shift out of alignment, that could drastically effect how you eat and drink. It might also prove to be painful or difficult for you to eat without a tooth replacement such as a dental bridge because your gums are proper tools for breaking down food.

Why Would You Need a Dental Bridge?

“The main reason you would need to get a dental bridge is if you have one or more missing teeth in your mouth. Dental bridges restore the look of your smile by replacing the missing tooth with one that can look as natural as the original. In addition to the aesthetic benefits brought about by dental bridges, the dental procedure can also restore or maintain proper chewing, biting and speaking and can maintain the proper form for your bite and proper shape of your face. By placing a false tooth in the space where a tooth is missing, it also stops adjacent teeth from shifting or drifting into the void left by the tooth, which can set your whole bite out of whack.”

Just like there are different types of dental implants, there are also various types of bridges that a patient can choose from. It’s best to research the options available to you and consult with your dentist to determine the proper type of dental bridge for you. The American Dental Association discusses some of the types of bridges in the following article including the different types of materials that bridges are often made out of. Also, even though a bridge acts as a tooth replacement solution, that doesn’t mean you have the option of neglecting to care for your other natural teeth. They will act as the base for your bridge to lay on top of and still require regular care as per your dentist’s instructions.

Bridges

“If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may notice a difference in chewing and speaking. Bridges can help restore your smile.

Sometimes called a fixed partial denture, a bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth and literally “bridges” the gap where one or more teeth used to be. Bridges can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials and are attached to surrounding teeth for support. Unlike a removable bridge, which you can take out and clean, a fixed bridge can only be removed by a dentist.

An implant bridge attaches artificial teeth directly to the jaw or under the gum tissue. Depending on which type of bridge your dentist recommends, its success depends on the foundation. So it’s very important to keep your remaining teeth healthy and strong.”

The Landry Family Dentistry provides insight into some of the many benefits of getting a dental bridge. Not only are bridges great for improving your overall appearance and maintaining your dental health, they also offer additional advantages for patients who desire less painful or more time-consuming procedures. To successfully determine if a dental bridge is the right option for you, you should consider the benefits of each one of your options as well as what your commitment level is for taking care of your teeth. Dental bridges will require you to still care for your natural teeth just like you normally would and neglecting to care for them might result in more missing teeth as well as further dental treatment down the road.

Types of Dental Bridges and Their Benefits

“Long-lasting: Dental bridges were designed to be durable and long-lasting. In fact, dental bridges can last your entire life if you take good care of them.
Affordable: Bridges are an affordable alternative to dental implants and are ideal for patients who need multiple teeth replaced.
Quick:Dental bridges are usually finished in two visits, so you can get back to your normal routine as soon as possible. Dental implants, on the other hand, take up to six months to be completed.
Improved Appearance: Dental bridges will not only fill in any missing teeth you have, they will also give you a smile that looks and feels as natural as your original teeth.”

If you want to know more about dental bridges or what other cosmetic dental treatments are available to you, you can call our office at All-In-One-Dental Innovations to set up your next appointment! We are eager to help you in any way we can, so give us a call today at (925) 828-9811 to begin your journey towards achieving a healthier, happier smile.