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6 Things to Know When Considering Dental Bridges

Losing teeth affects you more than you might expect. Not only do you need to come to terms with how your smile looks now, but eating, speaking, and even drinking will become fraught tasks.

Fortunately, modern dentistry provides lots of great ways to replace your missing teeth. One of these options is the dental bridge. 

So, how do dental bridges work? And what are the benefits of replacing your missing teeth with a bridge?

Here are some things you should know about dental bridges when considering this life-enhancing procedure. 

1. Dental Bridges Are Supported By Neighbouring Teeth

A bridge spans across gaps left when you’ve lost teeth. They use the teeth on either side of the gap to support them. 

Each missing tooth is replaced with a lifelike replacement called a ‘pontic’. These are held on either side by crowns that sit on top of your natural teeth. 

Ahead of your procedure, we’ll prepare the supporting teeth so that the crowns fit comfortably over them. 

2. There Are Several Types of Dental Bridge

Dentists often talk about dental bridges as an option for replacing your teeth. But did you know that there is more than one type of bridge?

Here are some of the most common types of bridges:

  • Traditional bridges – These use two crowns on either side of the gap to support the pontics. 
  • Cantilever bridges – This restoration option uses just one crown to support the pontic. 
  • Maryland bridges – A metal and porcelain framework is used to support the replacement tooth. 
  • Implant-retained bridges – These bridges use dental implants anchoring them to the jaw for maximum support. 

3. Dental Bridges Look Completely Natural

Your new smile will look amazing. A dental bridge is made from natural-looking materials crafted to perfectly match the colour and contours of your existing teeth. 

We use the latest technology to match your new bridge with your smile, so nobody will ever know they’re replacements. 

4. A Dental Bridge Keeps Your Other Teeth In Line

When you lose one or more teeth, the remaining teeth will gradually slip toward the newly formed gaps. This is known as dental drift. Movements like this can make your teeth appear crooked and cause gaps further along the jawline. 

Replacing your missing teeth with a dental bridge will prevent your remaining teeth from sliding. 

5. Eating Is Easier With a Dental Bridge

Eating is a challenge when you have any teeth missing. Some food will get trapped in the gaps in your smile, and it can be hard to clean these spaces. Not only this but biting and chewing becomes difficult. You’ll find that you naturally chew on the opposite side of your mouth, which can cause discomfort and uneven wear on your teeth. 

Once you’ve got a bridge, the ability to chew confidently will return, and you can enjoy your favourite food again. 

6. Your Speech May Improve

A gap between your teeth can cause speech problems. Nobody wants to feel self-conscious when they speak, and replacing the missing teeth with a dental bridge will help restore your confidence. 

Life-Changing Bridges at NuDental

Dental bridges are a fantastic way to replace missing teeth. With a bridge, you can restore confidence in your appearance, improve your speaking ability, and chew and bite easily. 

Schedule your consultation to find out whether dental bridges are the right fit for replacing your missing teeth. 

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