Do you shy away from a crowd because you don’t want people to notice your missing teeth? There are a lot of people like you who’d rather not smile and avoid interactions because of a missing tooth or teeth.
A person’s smile is a strong predictor of self-esteem. That’s why people who have missing teeth have low to zero self-confidence. They think that they are inferior to their peers. Missing teeth have a strong impact not just on facial aesthetics, but moreso, on psychosocial behavior.
Missing Teeth? No Problem!
What if we say that you don’t have to worry about your missing teeth? Yes, it’s true! Missing teeth don’t have to be a problem. Dental innovations have paved the way to replace missing teeth. You can bring back your smile with a natural-looking set of teeth.
How? Keep reading!
What is a Dental Bridge?
It bridges teeth gaps, either a single tooth or multiple teeth. A dental bridge is only possible with the support of natural teeth or dental implants (abutment). They act as anchors to hold the false teeth (pontics). The false teeth, therefore, is the bridge to fill the missing teeth.
A bridge is commonly made of porcelain, alloy, gold or a combination of these materials. Porcelain though is the most widely used material because it looks natural and blends well with the other teeth.
Use and Purpose
A dental bridge is an excellent, permanent fix for missing teeth. It can resolve both your confidence issues and physical concerns. Specifically, a dental bridge is recommended to:
- Restore your smile
- Restore your mouth functions, such as chewing and speech.
- Maintain the shape of your face
- Prevent teeth movement and misalignment
- Promote overall dental health
Getting a dental bridge requires two or more trips to your dentist. The first visit is the preparation stage, where the anchor teeth (abutment) will be recontoured to allow room for a dental crown. Then, a teeth impression will be made as reference for the bridge, pontic and crown fabrication. While the bridge is being made, a temporary bridge will be placed to protect the exposed teeth and gums after contouring.
The second trip involves the fitting of the bridge, which is to make sure the bridge fits perfectly or only needs minor adjustments. Otherwise, if there are major adjustments needed, the dentist will make sure he or she corrects these problems with your bridge.
There are also instances when you will have to test the bridge first. Your dentist will temporarily cement it in place for a few weeks. When no issues are found, the bridge will be placed permanently in the gaps between your teeth.
Why Should You Choose a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge as compared to a denture looks more natural, irremovable and longer-lasting. While dentures can be cheaper at the onset, a bridge is more cost-efficient in the long run, because it’s fixed and sturdy. The greatest advantage of a bridge over a denture is that it looks and functions much like your natural teeth.
In comparison with a dental implant, a bridge has the upper hand in terms of affordability and practicality. A dental implant is more expensive and takes months to a year to install. On the other hand, a bridge can last for 5 to 15 years and is easier to fabricate and install. Both an implant and a dental bridge look aesthetically pleasing and natural.
Overall, a dental bridge lies in the middle of the spectrum. It is cost-efficient while serving its purpose, which is to replace your missing teeth and bring back your smile.