A dental bridge is used to replace a missing tooth or several missing teeth. It is similar to a partial denture, but it is fixed in place so it is healthier, more comfortable and more convenient. The artificial teeth in your dental bridge will be made of porcelain, so they will look, feel and function just like your natural teeth.
The Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth
A missing tooth or missing teeth can create problems much more serious than the obvious aesthetic flaw. Missing teeth can cause:
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Painful chewing
- Speech problems
- Teeth shifting out of alignment
- Tooth loss
- Bone loss
- Gum shrinkage
- Premature aging
The longer you wait to replace your missing tooth, the more likely you are to suffer with serious and progressive dental problems. If you are putting off replacing a tooth due to the cost, dental financing may be the solution for you. It will cost less in the long run to replace your missing tooth right away.
Your Dental Bridge
A dental bridge can replace one tooth or a group of teeth. It is fixed in place so you do not remove it for cleaning and it will not slip and rub like partials often do. Your bridge will not get lost, and you do not need to be refitted on a regular basis. You will be able to chew and speak normally and comfortably, like you do with your natural teeth.
Your dental bridge will be anchored by dental implants or crowns on the adjacent teeth. Dental implants are preferable because they are very stable, and help protect the health of your jawbone and your other teeth. However, if you are not a good candidate for dental implants, we can anchor your bridge with porcelain crowns, and the entire assembly will still look and function like your natural teeth.
A dental bridge can also be used as an alternative to a dental implant for replacing a single tooth, for those who do not have enough jaw bone material to support an implant or who have health problems which make implants inappropriate.
Your artificial tooth or teeth will be custom-crafted to look just like your natural teeth. They are precisely milled using computer-guided technology. Because your bridge will be designed by a neuromuscular dentist, it will match up properly with the opposing teeth, so that you can chew naturally and comfortably, protecting your long-term dental health.
To learn more about dental bridges and other options for replacing missing teeth, or to schedule your complimentary consultation, please contact Integrated Dental Aesthetics, in the Kinnelon, New Jersey area, today.