It only takes the loss of one tooth to undermine your typical dental function. Those changes to biting, chewing, and speaking can tax your jaw, and can even lead to TMJ issues that cause you chronic discomfort. You also face the possibility of losing neighboring teeth! All of these issues can be sources of real frustration – and of course, they all occur in addition to the effect tooth loss has on your appearance. A dental bridge provides a permanent solution to the problem of a missing tooth. Your replacement is secured by two dental crowns, meaning you can have your smile back, while also enjoying functional advantages.
How A Dental Bridge Is Able To Stay In Place
Your bridge will consist of two crowns, and a pontic (replacement tooth) between them. For patients who need to replace several teeth in a row, a bridge with multiple pontics can be offered. Once the crowns are placed over the teeth surrounding your gap, the bridge will be permanently set. This means you can have an important cosmetic and functional benefits – and without needing any surgical treatment.
Using A Dental Implant To Support Your Bridge
Dental implants can be used to stabilize a dental bridge, a single replacement tooth, or even a set of dentures. Implants offer the distinct advantage of supporting the health of your jawbone. In the absence of a tooth root, your jawbone no longer receives stimulation that encourages adequate blood flow to the area. If nothing is done to replace that stimulation, you can suffer a deterioration of the bone. Implants are uniquely capable of stopping this from occurring.