Having a tooth missing can be worrisome for many people. Most people don’t like seeing a gap between their teeth, and it can disrupt your eating efforts considerably. Dental bridges are often the dentist’s chosen remedy for having a missing tooth. Following a thorough examination, he may suggest dental bridges as a treatment option. It’s always the patient’s choice, but there are some good reasons why you might want to choose to have the procedure done. Here are the top 7 benefits:
1. Improving Your Image
Dental bridges fill in any gaps between teeth when one or more teeth are missing. The aesthetic quality is often one of the primary reasons a patient opts for the treatment procedure, to begin with. In some cases, teeth are missing in the front portion of the mouth and this provides an excellent solution while improving their image and appearance.
2. Not as Invasive as Implants
Implants will require at least one surgical procedure to put the dental implant posts in place. In some cases, bone grafting is also necessary if they do not have enough natural bone already available. Dental bridges will not require a surgical procedure, although they may require that you make more than one office visit to place.
3. Improved Ability to Eat
Many times missing teeth inhibit the ability of a person. Removable dentures are not as effective as dental bridges since they can be quite troublesome if food gets trapped between the dentures. A bridge will fill in the gap and give a person a more natural feeling bite and allow them to eat much easier.
4. Improved Speech
Oftentimes, having a top, front teeth missing can alter a person’s speech habits so that their speech is not as clear as it once was. A dental bridge will feel more secure and fill in the gap making the speaking process much easier and clearer. Dental bridges feel more secure than other alternatives such as a removable denture. This ensures the speaker they can speak freely with confidence.
5. Provide Protection and Splinting
Sometimes advanced periodontal disease can be the cause of missing teeth. In such cases, remaining teeth may require splinting to ensure they are secured. Bridgework helps provide crowns and strengthens damaged or broken teeth while also replacing the missing tooth.
6. Reduce Movement of Other Teeth
When teeth are missing the remaining teeth may become less stable and more likely to move. Bridgework can help provide the stability necessary to ensure other teeth do not move to attempt to fill in the gap.
Having bridgework placed will take a bit longer than getting a crown in most cases depending on the actual size and type of bridge. Most people will only need two appointments to have bridgework completed. This is much faster and convenient than having dental implants put in or even than getting a partial denture made and placed.