The Benefits of Dental Bridges for the Function and Aesthetics of Your Smile
Missing teeth not only impact your appearance, but can also impact your oral health, so it is important to replace them. In general, we recommend restorative treatments such as bridges crafted from porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal because they are the most aesthetically pleasing options. Dr. Timothy M. Kelly can explain the numerous benefits of dental bridges during a consultation at our Albuquerque, NM, office. These benefits include restored function, restored aesthetics, and a restored ability to smile and speak with confidence.
Replacing your missing teeth can allow you to chew with more comfort and ease. It can also improve your speech, reducing any slurring or unclear sounds caused by gaps in your smile.
About Dental Bridges
A dental bridge can span a gap of up to two or three consecutive missing teeth. Traditionally, dental bridges are supported by two dental crowns placed over the teeth on either side of the gap. Dental implants can also support a dental bridge for even greater oral health benefits. We can craft a custom dental bridge from porcelain-fused-to-metal or porcelain. Porcelain-fused-to-metal and porcelain bridges are preferred materials so that the appearance of your smile is unaffected. We can match porcelain bridges to the shade of your surrounding teeth for a natural look.
Dental bridges are a restorative treatment that offers a number of functional benefits. Missing teeth can cause your remaining teeth to shift and become misaligned. This shift can also cause problems for your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Gaps left by missing teeth can also make it difficult to chew and speak properly. Difficulty chewing can increase your risk of TMJ issues as you compensate with other teeth or muscles to eat properly. Replacing your missing teeth can allow you to chew with more comfort and ease. It can also improve your speech, reducing any slurring or unclear sounds caused by gaps in your smile.
Missing teeth can quickly cause the facial tissues in the cheeks and lips to sag and droop. This sagging and drooping, combined with the missing teeth, can make you appear aged. Filling gaps of missing teeth provides your facial tissues the support they need while improving the appearance of your smile. With tooth-colored porcelain, your bridge can look extremely lifelike, closely matching the shade and appearance of your natural teeth. You can smile with confidence with a dental bridge, unable to notice the difference between your bridge and natural teeth.
Unique Benefits of Implant-supported Bridges
Dental implants are considered the superior tooth replacement option. The implant posts are surgically embedded into the jawbone, replacing lost tooth roots and sending regenerative signals to the bone. This process prevents bone loss and other health concerns associated with tooth loss. With dental implants, the dental bridge is affixed directly to the implants with abutment pieces, rather than dental crowns, preserving your remaining healthy teeth. You can also experience superior support and stability for your restoration because of the permanent, lasting foundation that dental implants provide.
Experience an Improved Smile
If you are missing two to three consecutive teeth, contact our dental office today to schedule a consultation for a dental bridge. We can help you understand your options for replacing missing teeth and restoring your smile.
“We believe that every patient has infinite worth and should be treated with dignity and respect. We are dedicated to educating, creating awareness, and empowering people to make treatment choices that are consistent with their own beliefs, needs and desires.” Dr. Tim Kelly