If you have severely damaged or missing teeth, you are probably wondering if a dental bridge can help replace your smile. While dental crowns can help protect individual teeth from damage, dental bridges are ideal for those who have large gaps in between teeth. However, there are other benefits to having a dental bridge placed. In fact, dental bridges can also be used to help:
- Restore your speech. When you have missing teeth, it can be difficult to form certain sounds like “sh” or “ch.” This results in changes in pronunciation over time. By removing the gaps between teeth, a dental bridge can make it easier to speak clearly.
- Make it easier to chew. The less teeth you have, the more difficult it is to chew food. As a result, many people with missing teeth may have trouble eating the foods that they like. A dental bridge can restore your ability to chew food so you don’t have to restrict what you eat.
- Correct your bite position. Your teeth not only help chew food, but also guide your bite. When teeth are missing, your bite can become misaligned, causing other dental issues such as tooth damage and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). Getting a dental bridge can help realign your bite to ensure that these issues do not occur.
- Prevent teeth from shifting or becoming crooked. Since your teeth support each other, they may try to fill a gap where a tooth is missing by shifting over it and becoming crooked. This can also lead to bite misalignment and TMJ, as well as a crooked smile. By placing a bridge, your new teeth can help support your natural teeth so they don’t fall out of position.
In general, dental bridges can fix several problems related to several missing teeth. While they cannot prevent natural bone loss due to missing teeth, they are a great option for those who want dramatic results without getting multiple dental implants.
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If you want to replace several missing teeth and restore your smile, call The Smile Centre today at 941-351-4468 to schedule a free consultation. We happily serve patients from our offices in Sarasota, FL.