It can not only be embarrassing if you are missing multiple teeth, it can also have adverse affects on your oral health. It can allow your other teeth to shift, which can change your bite, lead to trouble speaking and talking, and even result in temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD). By leaving the space void, your chances for tooth decay and periodontitis are also increased.
Dental bridges are one option for filling the empty space. The dental bridge procedure utilizes a false tooth (called a pontic) and fuses it between two dental crowns to “bridge” the empty space. This will prevent your other teeth from shifting and compromising your oral health.
There are several types of permanent or “fixed” bridges, such as:
Cantilever bridges are used when you have natural teeth on only one side of the gap. The false tooth must be anchored to one side, over one or more of your natural, adjacent teeth. Areas of your mouth that are under less stress, like your front teeth, can handle a cantilever bridge.
With conventional and cantilever bridges, your adjacent teeth will be shaved down in order to place the dental crown, which attaches to the bridge.
A resin-bonded bridge is used primarily for your front teeth. This bridge is the least expensive option, and is best used when the adjacent teeth are healthy and do not contain large fillings. The false tooth is fused to metal bands that are bonded to the adjacent teeth with a subtle resin. A resin-bonded bridge requires less preparation of your natural teeth.
Your Commitment to Oral Hygiene
While dental bridges can help correct bite problems, reduce your risk of gum disease, and allow you to speak and eat properly, you must maintain good oral hygiene if you decide a bridge is right for you. If you brush and floss regularly, and make sure to schedule routine dental visits, your bridge could last for 10 years or more.
If you you are missing teeth, do not suffer another minute: Call (800) 672-8518 or contact Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville online today. Dr. Patti Swaintek-Lamb has the training necessary to restore a healthy smile and help you regain your self-confidence. Your oral health is important, and we take that very seriously. Our dentist serves patients from Bernardsville, Morristown, Basking Ridge, Mendham, Chester, Far Hills and nearby areas in New Jersey.