If you are missing one or more teeth, Dr. John Schmid may recommend a dental bridge. Dental bridges are affixed to teeth adjacent to those missing and used to literally bridge the gap left by teeth that have been extracted or fallen out.
Bridges are both secured by and used to support dental crowns, and are sometimes an alternative to dental implants. Discuss this and other tooth replacement options during a free consultation at Contemporary Cosmetic Dentistry in Austin, Texas. Call 512-329-5967 today.
How Dental Bridges Work
The placement of bridges is less invasive than dental implants, but implants are more durable and longer lasting. To support a bridge, adjacent teeth must be fitted with crowns which will require the removal of natural tooth enamel.
Additionally, dental bridges do not replace the missing tooth root which will, in time, cause your jaw to shrink. Jaw shrinkage is unavoidable with dental bridges and will necessitate their eventual adjustment.
Despite these drawbacks, dental bridges are often an ideal solution for people who are not good candidates for dental implants. During your initial consultation with Dr. Schmid, you can discuss the right option for your expectations and priorities.
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
Missing teeth can be an aesthetic issue, making your smile awkward and uneven, and resulting in emotional discomfort. More than an aesthetic issue however, missing teeth can have a profound impact on the strength and function of your entire mouth.
When you are missing one or more teeth you may face increased difficulties speaking, biting, and chewing. Over time, adjacent teeth will also begin to slip into the empty spaces, altering the tension and effectiveness of your bite.
Dental bridges cannot replace the missing tooth root like dental implants. They can, however, restore strength and beauty to your smile. Dental bridges can prevent tooth shifting, reestablish proper bite tension, and eliminate problems with speaking and eating. When cared for with a thorough dental hygiene and teeth cleaning routine, bridges may even continue to perform these functions for several years.
Bridges are not a permanent solution, but they can be a long-lasting and incredibly effective method for dealing with missing teeth. Dr. Schmid will be happy to assess the structure of your jaw and help you determine if dental bridges are the ideal solution for the restoration of your smile.
If you live in Round Rock, Pflugerville or Austin and want to learn more about dental bridges, please contact Contemporary Cosmetic Dentistry by calling 512-329-5967 to schedule a free initial consultation with Dr. Schmid today.