All your teeth play an important role in speaking, chewing, and maintaining proper alignment of other teeth. They also add to the overall aesthetics of your smile. While tooth loss doesn’t necessarily have to occur as you age, if you do lose teeth, they should be replaced to maintain proper function of your mouth and maintain the overall aesthetics. Fortunately, there are options for correcting tooth loss, including a dental bridge. Eagle Ridge Dental Clinic is pleased to provide dental bridge options, including removable and fixed bridges, so you can achieve the smile you want.
A dental bridge, also known as a fixed partial denture, is a dental restoration that is used to replace one missing tooth, or multiple missing teeth in the same area. The dental bridge is coloured and shaped just like natural teeth, and essentially ‘bridges’ or fills the gap left behind by lost teeth. Fixed bridges are bonded into place using abutment natural teeth as anchors for the restoration that will fill in the missing space and can only be removed by a dental professional. Removable bridges, as the name implies, are attached to the teeth with metal clasps or by precision attachments and can be taken out and cleaned. Fixed bridges offer more stability than their removable counterparts. Bridges are coloured and shaped just like natural teeth, so they blend in seamlessly with your smile.
Bridges can be constructed from gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Porcelain is often bonded to either precious or non-precious metal. A bridge ensures the proper alignment of your remaining natural teeth and prevents the remaining natural teeth from moving out of place so you can still properly speak and chew.
Oral functionality and appearance are important reasons for wearing a bridge. A bridge helps support your lips and cheeks, maintaining facial shape when teeth are issuing. The loss of a back tooth may cause your mouth to sink and your face to look older. A bridge restores the aesthetics of your smile and your mouth.
Dental health is the most important reason for a bridge. Teeth were designed to complement each other. Unusual stresses are placed on the gums and other oral tissues when teeth are missing, causing a number of potentially harmful disorders.
Increased risk of gum disease and tooth decay has proven to be one of the worst side effects of missing teeth, which can be minimized with a bridge.
Missing teeth can cause speech disorders, as teeth are used to make many of the sounds we use to speak clearly. A bridge can restore speech and pronunciation caused by the missing teeth. A bridge can also restore the ability to chew that may have been lost due to the tooth loss
A bridge can also prevent remaining teeth from shifting out of their correct position.
A strict regimen of brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean, which is of critical importance as the bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support.