When your teeth are missing, it greatly affects your smile. At the same time, the missing tooth has the potential to negatively affect your oral hygiene because of unprotected gum exposure. Dental bridges are one of many options aimed at improving the appearance and function of your teeth by replacing the missing tooth or teeth. During your exam, we will discuss whether or not dental bridges are right for you.

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Dental Bridges FAQs

How do missing teeth affect my smile?

When your teeth are missing, it significantly impacts your smile, affecting both appearance and function. The gaps left by missing teeth can alter the alignment of surrounding teeth and contribute to changes in facial structure over time.

How can missing teeth negatively affect my oral hygiene?

Missing teeth can negatively affect oral hygiene by exposing unprotected gums. This exposure increases the risk of gum issues and may lead to difficulties in chewing and speaking. Additionally, the surrounding teeth may shift, creating further oral health challenges.

What are dental bridges?

Dental bridges are a restorative option designed to improve the appearance and function of your teeth by replacing missing tooth or teeth. They consist of one or more artificial teeth, known as pontics, which are anchored to adjacent natural teeth or dental implants.

How do dental bridges improve the appearance of my teeth?

Dental bridges enhance the appearance of your teeth by filling in the gaps left by missing teeth. The artificial teeth are carefully crafted to match the color, shape, and size of your natural teeth, providing a seamless and aesthetically pleasing result.

Are dental bridges the right option for me?

During your dental exam, we will discuss whether dental bridges are the right option for you. Factors such as the location and extent of tooth loss, overall oral health, and your individual preferences will be considered in determining the suitability of dental bridges for your specific case.

How are dental bridges attached?

Dental bridges are typically attached by anchoring the artificial teeth (pontics) to adjacent natural teeth or dental implants. The anchoring ensures stability and functionality, allowing the dental bridge to function like natural teeth.

Can I choose the material for my dental bridge?

Yes, you can often choose the material for your dental bridge. Common materials include porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and metal alloys. Your dentist will discuss the available options with you, considering factors such as durability, aesthetics, and cost.

How long do dental bridges last?

The lifespan of dental bridges can vary based on factors such as oral care habits and the type of material used. With proper care and regular dental check-ups, dental bridges can last for many years, providing a long-lasting solution for missing teeth.

Can dental bridges be removed?

Traditional dental bridges are not removable by the patient. They are fixed in place and function like natural teeth. However, there are removable dental bridge options, such as implant-supported overdentures, that can be taken out for cleaning and maintenance.

What is the process of getting dental bridges?

The process of getting dental bridges involves an initial consultation, tooth preparation, impressions, fabrication of the bridge, and finally, the attachment of the bridge to the natural teeth or dental implants. Your dentist will guide you through each step and address any questions or concerns you may have.