If you are missing teeth or have teeth that are failing you, then every day activities can become difficult. This includes smiling, talking, and even eating. Not being able to chew properly can suck when you’re trying to enjoy your favorite food. You may feel self-conscious about how your teeth look when you’re trying to talk to other people and retain your self-confidence. Luckily there are some great solutions out there for fixing broken or missing teeth and a dental bridge is one of them.
A dental bridge will use crowns as anchors to your still healthy teeth or your prosthetic teeth in order to close the gap. This means the bridge is able to replace one or even multiple teeth next to the remaining ones. It is custom created to match the shade and size of your current teeth using porcelain crowns, so it gives you a natural looking smile.
A bridge is fixed into place, so you can’t remove it. This makes it very easy to keep up maintenance on it. You should practice good oral hygiene habits such as brushing and flossing around your crowns, so they stay clean and free of bacterial. With good brushing habits and regular checkups at the dentist, your bridge can last a long time.
There are some cases in which it’s a good idea to use dental implants in order to anchor your bridge. Implants are placed in the jawbone, so therefore they make a great foundation for a bridge, while at the same time keeping the bone as stimulated as any natural root would do. This makes your bridge last even longer as implants are made to last for a lifetime.
If you want to learn more about dental bridges and how they can fix your smile and give you more self-confidence, contact your dentist for a consultation on how dental bridges can work for you. He’ll be able to answer any questions you might have and help you pick out the right treatment option.