If your mouth is missing a tooth, it may cause more damage to your mouth than just a less attractive smile. If you do not get the problem resolved, you can experience:
– Shift in Tooth Alignment
– Periodontal Disease
– Tooth Decay
– Vulnerable Adjacent Teeth
– Speech Problems
– Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)
Just like a dental implant, bridges are used to replace any missing teeth. The only difference is that bridges are supported by the abutment teeth or the teeth that are on either side of the gap. Not only do bridges hide the gap in your mouth, but they serve restorative purposes as well. You will find it much easier to chew, speak, and smile.
Having a dental bridge placed in your mouth is completed with two visits to the dentist. During your first visit the dentist will determine if it is a viable option by taking x-rays of your mouth. If you do happen to be an ideal candidate, your dentist will reshape and reconstruct the nearby area to make sure that the bridge will fit comfortably in the area. Afterwards, an impression of your teeth is taken so that a mold can be formed. Sometimes you will be given a temporary bridge to wear to keep your mouth from changing forms. When you head back in for another visit, the bridge will be put into your mouth.
If you maintain good hygiene, your dental bridge can last up to 15 years.