Dental Bridges replace missing teeth. Missing teeth are unsightly and can cause difficulty in eating, and can cause your smile to be unsightly.
If you have a tooth missing and it is not replaced by another structure the teeth either side of the gap can shift.
If shifting occurs several things can happen:
TMJ disorder (Temporomandibular joint)
This is where the joint in front of the ear is stressed and can cause pain as the biting surfaces will be altered.
This gap can cause an altered tongue placement, as a result your speech could sound different.
If there is a large space that has had teeth shifted into its place the likely hood of the teeth being straight is minimized, therefore a straightforward oral hygiene routine will not be enough to keep the spaces Clean and Bacteria free.
Types of dental bridges
There are two types of dental bridges used in dentistry today:
Traditional Bridges (Fixed)
Dental Bridges allow a false tooth (a pontic) to replace a missing tooth. The pontic is attached to two porcelain Crowns which fit securely to the teeth either side of the missing tooth.
The two crowns hold the pontic in place. This procedure is normally used when just one tooth is missing and a Dental Implant is not Advisable.
These dental bridges are used when there are not teeth either side of he missing tooth. Cantilevier bridges involves anchoring the missing tooth replacement onto the neighboring teeth.
Once your cosmetic dentist decides which dental bridge is best as a replacement, the dentist will discuss all the details with you, from costing to materials used.
Materials used will be determined weather you grind your teeth (Bruxing) as different material will be used when manufacturing your dental bridge.
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