If you have one or more missing teeth, a dental bridge is a great option for restoring your smile. The most common type of bridge consists of three parts, two crowns that are attached to adjacent teeth (called abutments) with an artificial tooth (pontic) suspended in between. Advances in dental materials have helped dentists create bridges that are both natural-looking and durable. With proper hygiene and care, dental bridges can last ten years or more. If you are considering dental bridges as a solution for your smile, here are four reasons to choose this type of dental restoration.
- Restore the appearance of your smile. The first reason is probably the most obvious one and the goal of any dental restoration. It can be difficult living with missing teeth, as it can affect your self-confidence. You might spend a lot of time and energy trying to hide or disguise your missing teeth, but a dental bridge can spare you that by restoring your smile and confidence.
- Restore function. Of course, missing teeth don’t just affect your appearance, but the function of your teeth as well. Depending on where the gap is located, you may not be able to enjoy certain foods anymore, either because it’s too difficult to chew or hurts to chew it. A dental bridge can help to allow you to enjoy your favorite foods again.
- Maintain the shape of your face. Even one missing tooth can affect the shape of your face by giving it a sunken appearance. Replacing the tooth fills your face out again, which can give you a more youthful appearance.
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting. Your teeth are always moving slightly, but they help keep each other in place. When you have a gap in your teeth, the remaining teeth will try to drift gradually into that empty space.
If you’re tired of living with missing teeth, talk to your dentist about getting a dental bridge.