Just like a regular bridge helps to connect two bodies of land, dental bridges work by bridging an area that has missing teeth. The gap left by missing teeth can easily cause many other issues, such as teeth spreading and jawbone deterioration.
After the artificial teeth are created to fill in the gap, the neighboring teeth are used as the anchors. Crowns are affixed to the stable teeth and hold the artificial teeth in place. Bridges are ideal for filling in missing teeth both functionally and cosmetically.
The construction of a bridge is highly complicated and requires a dentist’s special touch. It uses gold alloys, porcelain bonded to metal, ceramic and acrylics to mimic the gums. Depending on the wearer’s specific needs and requirements, a combination of materials can be used to create an ideal match.
Bridges are especially helpful for those that are not eligible for dental implants for a variety of reasons, gum disease being the most common. Bridges help to create a stable and permanent place for the artificial tooth to reside. Partial dentures are an additional option, but are removable and not quite as stable as a bridge.
No matter why the teeth are no longer viable, the most important thing to focus on is making sure to replace the teeth and prevent the many other issues that can occur from missing teeth, such as the neighboring teeth spreading and becoming crooked. From an aesthetic point of view, missing teeth can prevent a person from smiling as much as they should.
Dr. Keith Shankle, DDS of Dental Care of Muskogee is dedicated to providing complete dental care to his patients whether it's a routine...