A dental bridge is a device used to replace missing teeth. It’s different than a crown, because it covers multiple teeth instead of just one and fills the gap where teeth are absent. Bridges have many benefits including improving your appearance and overall dental health. They also help with daily functions that can be hard to perform with missing teeth, such as eating or speaking.
Removable vs. Fixed
Bridges can be either removable or attached (called “fixed” bridges).
Fixed bridges are applied by placing crowns on the adjacent natural teeth (also called abutment teeth), or bonded directly to the abutment teeth. They are permanent and extremely stable, and can only be removed by a dental professional.
Removable bridges, on the other hand, can be taken out and cleaned regularly by the patient. They are attached to the teeth with metal clasps or by precision attachments.
Is a Dental Bridge Right for You?
There are many benefits to getting a bridge, including physical appearance and oral health. Many people with missing teeth are self-conscious about their smile, and the bridge helps them to regain their confidence. Additionally, missing back teeth can cause your mouth to sink, making you look older. Because bridges support your lips and cheeks they improve your appearance.
However, your dental health is the number one reason for a bridge. Teeth are designed to complement each other, and if multiple teeth are missing it puts undue stress on gums and tissue. This can lead to many dental problems, including an increased risk for gum disease.
If you have questions about dental bridges, or to discuss if a removable or fixed bridge is right for you, contact us today.