Dental bridges are special restorations that are used to restore one or several teeth that are missing. A bridge is supported by two dental crowns, which are placed on the teeth on either side of the empty area. Our dentist can help you decide if a bridge is right for you.
Bridges offer several benefits. They replace your teeth so that you can eat, speak, and smile comfortably. Once teeth are lost, your other teeth will take on more of the burden of biting and chewing, which can put a lot of stress on them and increase the risk of damage. This can also cause the other teeth to drift out of alignment, and the ones on either side of the gap can shift or tilt into the space. The bridge maintains proper spacing and distributes bite forces more evenly.
A bridge also maintains the shape of your face. Without the teeth in their proper positions, facial tissues tend to collapse inward. This can have an aging effect on your face, and your face may look thinner or deeply wrinkled in the area of the tooth loss. The bridge can help keep your facial muscles properly stimulated and fuller.