Whether you’ve lost teeth through decay or trauma, the problems brought on by their absence are the same. You’ll immediately be self-conscious about the gap, particularly if it’s in a prominant position, you’ll have difficulty chewing, and you may have to avoid certain foods.
The solution is to replace your teeth. One option to do this is to get a dental bridge. Bridges are structures that fill gaps using the remaining teeth on either side for support.
Typically, bridges are porcelain and consist of a pontic (the replacement tooth) fastened to one or two crowns on either side, which we’ll place onto your natural teeth.
Here’s why dental bridges are such an excellent way to address the problem of missing teeth.
1. Dental Bridges Prevent Dental Drift
The remaining teeth on the same arch will slide when you lose teeth. This is called dental dirft.
When your teeth move about this way, it can cause misalignments and gaps to form elsewhere. This won’t just affect the appearance of your smile; it can cause bite issues and lead to jaw pain later in life.
Placing a bridge will stop neighbouring teeth from slipping about. Having a pontic fill the gap prevents later dental issues.
2. A Bridge Makes Eating Easier
Having gaps caused by missing teeth can make biting and chewing difficult. You’ll have to be selective about what you eat, and you’ll probably find you have to chew on one side of your mouth. This causes jaw aches and uneven wear on your teeth.
A replacement tooth will restore much of the function of your teeth and make eating easier.
3. Bridges Improve Speech
Depending on which teeth you lose, your speech may be affected. Certain sounds are made with different parts of your mouth.
Restoring your teeth will help you form words better and prevent you from developing a lisp or impediment.
4. Dental Bridges Look Natural
Bridges are usually made of porcelain pontics and crowns. Each bridge is entirely bespoke, meaning it’s designed to match your existing teeth.
To get the bridge looking as natural as possible, we’ll take digital impressions of your mouth, so the size and shape of your replacement teeth are perfect. Before sending the information to the laboratory for the skilled technicians, we’ll also colour-match your bridge with your own teeth.
Once in place, your new bridge will be indistinguishable from its natural counterparts.
5. A Bridge Will Boost Your Confidence
It’s easy to underestimate how significant losing a tooth is. Whether you’ve lost one, or more, you may find yourself hiding your teeth away, and any smiles will feel tight-lipped and unnatural.
Because of how natural your bridge will look, you’ll feel less self-conscious about smiling straight away. Over time, you’ll hopefully be able to regain any lost confidence and smile with ease again.
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Dental bridges are life-changing. They look and feel natural, restoring the function and appearance of your teeth, along with your self-confidence.
Schedule a consultation today to learn more about how bridges can help or determine whether you’re a suitable candidate.