Make no mistake – tooth loss is a problem, and it is a problem for more than just your appearance. You can be forced to compromise how you chew, and it can interfere with how you speak. More work will be demanded of surrounding teeth, which means they can suffer from premature wear and tear. There is real functional value to having your smile restored with the placement of a dental bridge, along with the improvement to your smile. Because of a bridge’s firm placement, you can use the prosthetic to bite and chew food, and it can make it easier to speak like normal. Your bridge stays in place thanks to two dental crowns, though some people will have a bridge held by a dental implant.
How A Dental Bridge Stays In Place
Your dental bridge is attached to two dental crowns, which sit on either side of the pontic (the replacement tooth). Your teeth immediately surrounding your gap have the crowns placed over them, and they keep the pontic in its place. This is a stable enough arrangement for your bridge to offer functional support. However, some patients will opt for an implant-retained bridge, which involves affixing your bridge to your jaw via a dental implant.
Why Restoring A Gap In Your Smile Matters To Your Oral Health
A tooth next to a gap will be less stable, as part of your dental support comes from your teeth being close enough to limit movement from side to side. You should also be concerned about wear and tear, as your remaining teeth do more work when there is an absence. These problems can be settled when you have a dental bridge installed to restore your smile.