Bridges are a useful dental technique for replacing lost or missing teeth and as a result allowing the patient to participate more fully in a normal range of activities. Bridges are a kind of dental prosthesis, which fills in the gap left by the missing tooth with one or more artificial teeth. These teeth are anchored to the natural teeth on either side of the gap, hence the name “bridge”–they bridge the space so to speak.
Dental bridges can be useful to a variety of different patients and situations. Some patients naturally have missing teeth due to a congenital condition of some sort. In addition, accidents and health issues such as gum disease may result in lost teeth over the course of a lifetime.
These missing teeth can cause many problems. Your teeth are designed to work together, so a gap can cause other teeth to move out of alignment or present difficulties in normal activities. These may include some of the following:
- Bite problems
- Difficulties chewing, eating, or speaking
- Jaw pain
- Loss of self-confidence due to outward appearance
Dental bridges are a common and popular solution to many of the issues caused by lost or missing teeth. They are a safe and effective form of dental prosthesis, which can often be installed with minimum discomfort to the patient. If you’re curious as to whether or not a dental bridge is right for you, get in touch today and we’ll make an appointment to discuss your options.
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