If you have a missing tooth, or a few missing teeth, you may have difficulties in talking, swallowing, and chewing. You may also feel self-conscious about your mouth, and wonder what can be done about this, especially since you still have the majority of your natural teeth.
In cases where one or more teeth are missing, artificial teeth can be placed in this area. This is called a ‘bridge’ because the artificial teeth will fill (or ‘bridge’) the gap caused from the missing teeth. Dental bridges are sometimes called partial dentures. There are two types of bridges: fixed and removable.
Fixed bridges are placed by a dentist and are attached to surrounding teeth, bone, or under the gum. They can only be removed by the dentist. Removable bridges are removed each night by you, and you clean them like dentures.
Fixed bridges have the advantage of looking and feeling ‘real’; very few people can ever tell when someone has a fixed bridge implanted. Successful fixed bridges depend on a healthy mouth. If you decide to have a fixed bridge placed, it is important to maintain good oral health, including seeing your dentist twice a year, to make sure the surrounding teeth and gums remain healthy and strong.
Bridges are wonderful options for those who have a few teeth missing. You will find your smile restored and an increased sense of confidence when the bridge is placed. Food will be easier to eat, and your speech will be improved.
If you are interested in having a bridge placed, contact your local dentist for an evaluation to see if a bridge is a good treatment option for you.
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