Is your smile missing its sparkle? Or more to the point has tooth loss left you self conscious about sharing your smile with others?
Losing a tooth can have a real impact on a person’s self-confidence – no matter whereabouts in their mouth the gap is.
And it’s not just the effect the loss of a tooth has on that mega-watt smile, tooth loss can cause discomfort and problems with a shifting bite/or with eating.
One solution to bring the sparkle back to your smile is to have a bridge fitted. The dental fixture does exactly what it says with replacement teeth forming a bridge across a gap.
To hold the replacement tooth in place, crowns are fitted to the teeth either side of the gap. Known as abutment teeth these crowns hold the false tooth that will fill the gap in place – the dental bridge is made when all the components are joined together.
Why have a dental bridge fitted?
The most obvious reason to have a bridge fitted is cosmetic. Teeth play a huge part in a person’s appearance, and there is no need to suffer years of feeling self-conscious when a simple solution is at hand.
A dental bridge will also help to stop teeth moving into the gap, causing a change in the appearance of other teeth and to your bite. A dental bridge will restore full function to your mouth, preventing over use of other teeth to compensate those missing.
Dental bridge or implant?
A dental bridge is a more affordable option to fill a gap in your teeth than a stand-alone implant, which is fixed into the gum. Although some patients may not want any alterations to the healthy teeth that will have crowns fitted, the treatment can be more straight forward than having an implant fitted.
Well looked after, bridges can last for a lifetime and are a great way to restore your smile – and your confidence.
Contact our dentists today for information on the best option for you.