Have you ever imagined yourself missing a tooth? Just the thought of it can make someone bite his lip or cringe in shame—and that’s just one tooth! Think of how a person might feel if he or she has already lost several teeth? Not only physical and health problems could arise, but there could also be a gamut of issues surrounding the person’s self-confidence and interest to socialize with others.
Dental implants can be a lasting solution to problems concerning missing teeth. Dental bridges, for example, is a commonly used prosthetic device that literally “bridges” the gap between one or more missing teeth. Some of its notable benefits include:
- Maintaining the shape of your face especially the jaw when you’ve loss several teeth.
- Bringing back someone’s confidence to smile since missing teeth can be replaced by a replacement tooth called “pontic”.
- Preventing the rest of your teeth from drifting or moving out of position because of unfilled gaps.
- Helping to evenly distribute your bite when you chew your food while eating.
Besides these aesthetic and physical benefits mentioned above, bridges are also very useful in solving speech problems that may result from losing one’s tooth. Without filling the gaps between missing teeth, the person could develop pronunciation issues or he might experience difficulty in speaking.
When it comes to the procedure, bridges are cemented onto your natural teeth and can often be completed after about two visits to your dentist’s clinic. Your teeth would be prepared and impressions taken for the prosthetics. A fitting would follow until the bridge and replacement teeth rest comfortably on your gums.
Are Bridges the Right Solution for You?
The best way to find out if bridges are the most appropriate solution for your dental problem is to speak with your New Albany implant dentist. Your dentist can explain in detail all the benefits and drawbacks of having bridges and how you can properly take care of them once you do get them implanted.