Have you recently lost a tooth due to degradation, gum disease, or other extenuating circumstances? If you have, it’s important that you act quickly. When left untreated, your missing tooth can cause uneven distribution of pressure from your bite onto your other teeth, causing them to shift and weaken. Don’t compound your problems with inaction. You should contact your dentist immediately. Your dentist can provide you with several options to replace your missing tooth. One of these options is a dental bridge. What is a dental bridge?
Just like the aforementioned “bridge” in that famous Simon and Garfunkel song, a dental bridge helps cover the troubled gap. First, your dentist shapes the two healthy teeth on either side of the gap, often referred to as the abutment teeth. Then, your dentist places dental crowns on top of the abutment teeth, which act as anchor points for the replacement teeth that cover the gaps. These replacement teeth are called pontics and are often made from porcelain and zirconia. These substances are typically used because of their verisimilitude to natural teeth. If there are several teeth missing, dental bridges can also be anchored by using dental implants as the abutment teeth, allowing you to preserve your natural teeth’s shape.
With the bridge in place, your smile is now restored to its proper appearance and function, allowing the pressure of your bite to be evenly distributed among your teeth, preventing further damage and shifting to occur. Call your dentist today and see if dental bridges are right for you.