What is a Dental Bridge?
A bridge is two or more crowns that are placed to fill a gap in your smile. These crowns are often made from porcelain, gold, alloy or a combination of these materials and are anchored to the teeth next to the gap.
Types of Bridges
The kind of bridge that your dentist will fit you with will most likely be based on the location of your teeth loss. The types of bridges available include:
- Traditional Bridges – A traditional bridge is often made of porcelain and affixed to a metal or ceramic piece that is then anchored to teeth on both sides of the gap. This is most often done for gaps where there are still teeth on either side.
- Cantilever Bridges – These type of bridges use the same materials but are only anchored on one side. This type is not recommended for the back teeth as it is easier to damage when chewing.
- Resin-bonded or Maryland Bridges – This type of bridge is often made with porcelain and metal or even plastic and is affixed to the teeth by either a porcelain or metal wing on one side of the bridge.
How Can a Bridge Help Your Appearance?
Bridges restore your overall facial appearance, aid in speech and chewing, and help you maintain a healthy smile. When you loose teeth, you are creating a hole in your natural smile which can lead to movement in the jaw as well as the face. By placing bridges where you have missing teeth, you can
Help restore your face’s natural shape
Your teeth help to provide structural support for the other bone structures in your face as well as the skin and muscles that make up your face shape. When you are missing teeth, the supporting structures in your face can begin to shift which can cause signs of aging, sagging skin, and your bones to be less defined, such as the shape of your jaw.
Prevent other teeth from shifting
When there is space to fill, your teeth may begin to shift to fill in the space that is empty. This can lead to gaps throughout your set of teeth or can even cause teeth to become bent or angled creating an awkward smile. This shifting can make speech patterns change as well as affect your eating.
Make sure that your bite stays aligned
After the teeth shifting above begins to occur, your natural bite may become off. This can be as minimal as a shift to a more pronounced over bite or can lead to severe bite changes that can be linked to eating difficulties as well as conditions that can cause pain, such as TMJ.
Give you a full smile
When you are missing teeth, you will notice gaps or shadows in your smile or may even find yourself naturally smiling less to cover up the holes. A bridge will not only fill out your mouth to let you present your best smile but will also give you the confidence to do so.
Help keep your smile beautiful and maintain jaw and dental health be replacing missing sections of teeth with one of the bridge options mentioned above. If you are interested in learning more about how a bridge can restore your smile or need to schedule an appointment, contact Dunn and Poff Family Aesthetic and Cosmetic Dentistry today