Everything You Need to Know About Dental Bridges

Everything You Need to Know About Dental Bridges

Posted by Dr. Robin Mells on Sep 21 2021, 09:12 PM

Besides being aesthetically unappealing, a missing tooth can also result in various oral health issues and bite misalignment. The space left by a lost tooth can lead to the shifting of the adjacent tooth, leading to occlusion/ biting issues and TMJ pain. The chances of occurrence of periodontal issues are also higher at the site of missing teeth. So, it is important to treat a missing or severely decayed tooth at the earliest to prevent further oral health issues and complications. 

If you have missing teeth, various options are available to replace them, one among them being dental bridges.

Dental bridges

Dental bridges are dental devices that fill the gaps left by missing teeth to restore a full smile. A dental bridge consists of crowns on both sides of the missing tooth or teeth supporting the pontic. The natural-looking artificial teeth in the dental bridge that replace the missing teeth are fabricated from porcelain to make them more durable and look natural. They can be specifically custom-made from the impression of the patient's teeth to fit perfectly with their smile.

Why should you restore a missing tooth with a dental bridge?

Restoration of one's oral functionality and smile aesthetics are the primary reasons why one needs a dental bridge to replace their lost tooth. Losing one or several teeth can have several impacts on the health and aesthetics of one's mouth. A missing tooth can lead to the tilting of the adjacent teeth to the empty gap. It may also lead to the up or down shifting of the teeth that are opposite the space, affecting the person's bite and leading to chronic pain. Bone shrinkage can occur, resulting in a change in the jawbone's shape over time. Furthermore, patients with missing teeth are at an increased risk of dental caries and infection, making it very important to get them replaced on time.

So, replacing missing teeth with dental bridges can prevent the following concerns: 

  • Bite concerns.
  • Chewing related issues.
  • Pain caused from the additional stress on the teeth and jaw resulting from a missing tooth.
  • Self-consciousness about the appearance of the smile.

Why Choose a Dental Bridge?

Every tooth restoration and replacement option possess their own benefits. Dental bridges can be considered as the primary tooth replacement option as it offers the following advantages:

  • As dental bridges are fixed, the patient can save themselves from the discomfort and inconvenience of removing them every night, like in the case with removable dentures.
  • Dental bridges are stable and secure in the mouth as they are supported by abutment teeth on either side.
  • Bridges help restores an aesthetically appealing smile for patients with missing teeth.
  • Bridges offer a nonsurgical tooth replacement option with little to no downtime.
  • Bridges can be customized to match the color of the patient's smile, producing natural-looking results. 
  • Dental bridges help restore the patient's smile and the ability to chew.
  • Bridges prevent the adjacent teeth from shifting out of their correct position. 

How can I get started with a dental bridge procedure?

At Robin Lambert Mells DDS, Dr. Robin Mells would be happy to help our patients restore their teeth and smiles with the help of dental bridges.

To learn more about the procedure, schedule your appointment online or call us at (408) 243-4216. 





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