Consider the restorative value of a dental bridge in case of the loss of a tooth. Your teeth play an important role in speaking, chewing and in maintaining proper alignment of other teeth. Tooth loss doesn’t necessarily have to occur as you age, but if you do lose teeth they must be replaced to maintain proper function of your mouth.
Fortunately, there are options for correcting tooth loss.
The Dental Bridge to the Rescue
A dental bridge is a device used to replace missing teeth and attaches artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, called abutment teeth. Bridges are either permanently attached (fixed bridges), or they can be removable.
Fixed bridges are applied by either placing crowns on the abutment teeth or by bonding the artificial teeth directly to the abutment teeth. Removable bridges are attached to the teeth with metal clasps or by precision attachments.
Dental health is the most important reason for a bridge. Teeth were designed to complement each other. Unusual stresses are placed on the gums and other oral tissues when teeth are missing, causing a number of potentially harmful disorders.
Increased risk of gum disease has proven to be one of the worst side effects of missing teeth and can be minimized with a bridge. Missing teeth can cause speech disorders as they are used to make many of the sounds we use to speak clearly.
We encourage patients to visit our Smile Gallery to see before and after photos from patients who have had restorative dental procedures, like dental bridges, from our dental doctors at Hanneman Dustrude Dental.
There are several composite options for constructing a dental bridge. Dental porcelain is a great product because it is very durable and can be shaped to replicate original teeth and fit comfortably within the established bite pattern. Our doctors and team will discuss a suitable plan and associated costs with you during an initial consultation.