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Discovering the Advantages of Dental Bridges

June 10, 2024

At our dental office, we understand how missing teeth can impact your life. That's why we offer a range of solutions to help you regain your confident smile and enjoy optimal oral health. In this article, we'll explore the benefits of dental bridges and explain how they can help restore your complete and beautiful smile.

The Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth

Living with missing teeth can be more than just an aesthetic issue. It can also have a significant impact on your overall dental health and jaw function. When teeth are missing, the adjacent teeth may drift or tilt into the space over time, while teeth in the opposite jaw may slowly erupt downward toward the edentulous area. These changes can lead to several potential consequences, including difficulties with chewing, speaking clearly, and maintaining good oral hygiene. To prevent these issues and restore a complete smile, it's essential to replace missing teeth.

Conventional Dental Bridges: A Time-Tested Solution

One option for replacing missing teeth is a conventional dental bridge. This approach involves placing artificial teeth called "pontics" in the gap left by the missing teeth, with support from each end provided by prepared and crowned natural teeth. The number of adjacent teeth crowned and prepared all depends on the number of teeth and locations of the missing teeth getting replaced.

Once fabricated and fitted, a dental bridge will be permanently fixed or cemented in place. Like crowns, conventional bridges are meticulously designed to restore the look of natural teeth and create a functional, comfortable, and healthy occlusion (bite).

Advanced Dental Implants: A Modern Alternative

Dental implants offer an innovative and advanced alternative to conventional dental bridges. Unlike traditional bridges, which require the preparation and crowning of adjacent natural teeth, dental implants preserve the integrity of these teeth by providing support for a short or long-span fixed bridge without any additional preparation. And because they fuse with the surrounding bone during a process called osseointegration, they ultimately acquire the strength and stability to bear the stress of chewing and other types of oral function. Dental implants also provide ongoing stimulation to the surrounding bone to prevent the shrinkage that typically accompanies tooth loss. By maintaining the bone in the edentulous areas (the space without teeth), dental implants help support normal facial contours and prevent sagging.

At our dental office, we prioritize patient comfort and satisfaction. We take the time to analyze every aspect of your smile to develop a treatment plan that provides aesthetically pleasing, healthy, and long-lasting results. If you're interested in learning more about dental bridges or any other services we provide, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us.