What Are the Benefits of a Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges provide many benefits when restoring a smile. A dental bridge will keep your mouth aligned and allow you to chew properly. Dental bridges can also last long periods of time. With proper oral healthcare they may last 15 or more years.
What Happens to a Gap Without a Dental Bridge?
Once a gap is left in the mouth it allows room for teeth to move around, most often moving out of alignment into the open space. Drifting and supererupted teeth can cause stress on your jaw. They are also more difficult to clean and can lead to gum disease or other periodontal issues.
Overtime a gap in your teeth can cause the remaining bone structure to shrink. When bone starts to shrink, the jawbone will also start to change shape and can make you look much older.
What Kind of Dental Bridges Are There?
There are two main types of dental bridges:
- Fixed Bridge - This is used to fill a space between two healthy, natural teeth. Crowns are cemented onto the natural teeth with a floating crown connecting them to bridge the gap.
- Implant Bridge - Dental implants are surgically implanted into the jawbone where a natural tooth root would sit. The titanium implants integrate into the bone structure creating a stable foundation to support a fixed bridge that will replace multiple missing teeth.