The Shuayb Dental Institute dentists in Brooksville, FL will strive to help deliver you the best smile possible. Missing teeth are a common issue among patients and is something that can drastically affect self-confidence. To combat this, dental bridges can be used to ensure a fuller and more confident-looking smile is achieved.
What are dental bridges?
A dental bridge is a fixed replacement for missing teeth that is crafted by taking an impression of the surrounding teeth. They are typically made from metal, porcelain, or a combination of both.
When are dental bridges needed?
Gaps left by missing teeth can have a much more detrimental effect than you perhaps initially think. They eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate into the gap created, which often results in a bad bite. In extreme cases, patients can also find this leads to gum disease, so it’s best dealt with immediately to avoid any long-term issues.
How do dental bridges work?
Dental bridges span the gap created by missing teeth and are fixed to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. The surrounding teeth are known as abutments and act as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth commonly referred to as a pontic, is then attached to the crowns that cover the abutments. Patients will have a choice of either porcelain or metal, but Shuayb Dental Institute dentists will recommend the best choice, based on the location of the bridge.
How long do bridges last?
As with many treatments, longevity and effectiveness can be determined by practicing good oral hygiene. If proper care is exhibited for your teeth and gums, bridges can five to fifteen years.
Bridges are efficient in helping maintain the structure of your face, all whilst restoring the ability to chew and speak correctly. That’s why it’s important you contact one of our dental professionals if ever you are missing a tooth, so we can act immediately and ensure your oral health is secured. If you’d like a consultation, please contact us at www.shuaybdentist.com 0r if you’d like more detail on the procedure, check out our Dental Bridges page.