If you have several missing teeth, your dentist may recommend that you consider a dental bridge. While dental bridges are not the only way to replace missing teeth, they continue to be one of the more preferred ways of doing so.
Tooth Replacement Options
Missing teeth can affect the overall health of your mouth. They leave room for the teeth to drift, which makes it very difficult to clean properly, can contribute to periodontal disease and bone loss, and can cause chewing complications.
With a dental bridge, the teeth adjacent to the gap are used as anchors. Crowns are placed over these adjacent teeth, to which the replacement teeth are attached. In other words, like a traditional bridge you drive on, your false teeth are anchored on either side of the gap and span the distance between them. Dental implants, dentures, and partial dentures are also options when it comes to missing teeth.
Dental Bridge Myths
There are a few myths surrounding dental bridges that may cause you to question their worth. Some believe that dental bridges are too expensive. Many dental insurances will help to cover the cost of the bridge, and as with most dental work, bridges are an investment in your oral health and overall health.
Another myth often associated with bridges is that they are not comfortable. This is not true either. If you go to a reputable professional, like your Carmel, Indiana dentist at Rickoff Dentistry, they will ensure your bridge is custom made to fit your mouth. Dr. Rickoff works closely with the dental labs to create the most aesthetic, functional, and comfortable bridge to replace the lost teeth. The dental bridge should feel nearly as real and comfortable to you as your natural teeth did. Many of our patients report that their bridges feel even better than the natural teeth did prior to bridge placement, especially if these teeth had large fillings or restorations in them.
Furthermore, once your dental bridge is installed, it will be able to perform the same functions as your natural teeth, restoring your chewing efficiency and providing more confidence in your smile.
The Benefits of Dental Bridges
As a fixed prosthesis, your dental bridge is durable, easy to care for, and matches your natural teeth. Simply care for them as you would your natural teeth. Many patients value the fact that dental bridges are more permanent than dentures and partial dentures, and do not have to be removed at night or for cleaning. Nor do you have to worry about losing them. You can enjoy your dental bridges as much as you do your natural teeth.
If you have further questions about dental bridges, the process, or any other oral needs, please contact Rickoff Dentistry today! Your Carmel, Noblesville, and Westfield, Indiana dentist is standing by to help you achieve the best smile possible. 317-975-0005