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4 Benefits of a Dental Bridge

If you have missing teeth you may feel embarrassed, but the fact is, you’re not alone. More Americans over the age of 35 are missing teeth than are not! Though missing teeth are quite common, they’re still problematic. 

Missing teeth can allow your other teeth to shift and compromise your bite. The gaps left behind can make hygiene more difficult, and of course, there’s the cosmetic aspect of missing teeth. 

At CaliDental, our talented dentists have helped thousands of patients navigate the confusing task of choosing the best replacement option for their circumstances, and discovered that many people don’t know about dental bridges. Here, we present four of the reasons you might want to consider a dental bridge to prevent having problems due to missing teeth. 

1. A bridge is customized for you

Your bridge is made to correct the problem in your mouth, and there are various types. Bridges work by anchoring one or more artificial teeth, called pontics in between the teeth that surround the gap, which are called your abutment teeth. 

Some of the types of dental bridges are: 

As  you can see, dental bridges are a versatile option for replacing lost teeth, and can even work in cases where your abutment teeth are broken or diseased. 

2. Your teeth are stable and your bite is repaired

Our dentists are concerned with your overall oral health, and your teeth are an important part of that. When you lose a tooth, your other teeth have the space to shift and move. And, they often do, which weakens the structure of your mouth. 

Filling the areas where your missing teeth once were corrects your smile, but it also restores the stability of the structure of your mouth. 

Another aspect of losing a tooth is that your ability to speak and chew is impaired. This can be embarrassing and also painful. When there are gaps, there are more spaces for food particles to hide, which increases your risk of gum disease and additional tooth loss. 

A dental bridge restores function, so that you can speak and chew properly again, and it protects your long-term oral health. 

3. A dental bridge keeps your face looking like you

Your teeth aren’t just for chewing and smiling. They also affect your appearance. The roots of your teeth stimulate the bones of your jaw. When you lose a tooth, the roots no longer stimulate the blood flow to your jawbone, and the result can be a collapsing jaw, which can change the shape and appearance of your face. 

4. Dental bridges make replacing missing teeth quick

You may need two office visits to get a bridge installed, making them one of the most convenient methods of replacing missing teeth. The process is simple, and includes preparing your abutment teeth and fitting you with a temporary bridge until your custom-made one is ready. 

When your permanent bridge is completed, you come back for a second appointment. We remove your temporary bridge, give you a thorough cleaning and install your permanent bridge. 

The whole process is streamlined, and particularly helpful if you have concerns about undergoing oral surgery or more involved options such as dental implants. 

If you’d like to learn more about dental bridges and find out if this versatile, simple option could be a solution for you, schedule your appointment at the CaliDental facility that’s most convenient today. 

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