Dental bridge are used to replace missing teeth by bridging the gap created by one or more missing teeth. They are fixed into the mouth by attaching them to existing teeth, which means that a bridge stays in the mouth and cannot be removed by the patient. Their peculiarity is in the fact that they use the existing dental structures for support.
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Dental Bridges to Replace Missing Teeth
Dental bridges are custom-made for each patient.
When a tooth is lost, a gap occurs between the surrounding teeth.
Problems associated with missing teeth:
- Chewing may be difficult and painful
- Pain in the facial muscles and jaws due to extra pressure in the jaw joints caused by an improper bite
- The upper and lower jaw may not “bite” together properly
- Adjacent teeth may tilt or shift into the space vacated by the missing teeth
- Difficulty with speech
- Opposing teeth may drift down into the space vacated by the missing teeth because there is nothing below stopping them from doing so
- Food particles and plaque may accumulate in the gaps and put the existing teeth at risk for more decay and/or gum disease
- The appearance of your teeth may not be as aesthetically pleasing and may be a source of embarrassment
Dental bridges are used to replace the lost teeth which would make mastication more functional and which would be more aesthetically pleasing.
Depending on the location of the missing teeth, the bridge designs may vary. In this procedure, the dentist will examine the area to determine the design of the bridge that will be put in place. The adjacent teeth are then prepared by removing some enamel on them so that a crown could be put on them. Contained within these crowns is a metal wiring for structure and between these crowns are the false teeth. The bridge is then posed onto the adjacent teeth, which serve as a support for the false teeth, and cemented in place. The existing teeth keep the bridge stabilized.