If you are missing a tooth, it can be damage not just to your smile, but to your confidence. Fortunately, we have many options to replace a missing tooth, including a dental bridge. Dental bridges don’t require surgery, and they are fully fixed in your mouth so you can chew naturally. They are long-lasting, attractive tooth replacement options.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
- Are secure in your mouth
- Let you chew normally
- Are Attractive and look natural
- Don’t require surgery
- Can be completed quickly
- Are long-lasting
What Are Dental Bridges?
Limitations of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are good options for tooth replacement, but they are not always the best option, here’s why:
- Can only be used in some situations
- Don’t stimulate bones and gums
- May damage supporting teeth
- Don’t last a lifetime
Dental bridges are limited in their application. They can only be used in some situations, usually where one tooth is lost between two mostly healthy teeth.
Unlike natural teeth, bridges don’t stimulate the bones and gums. This can lead to the body removing bone from under the bridge. When this happens, the gums can collapse, leaving a visible space between the gums and the bridge.
Supporting teeth have to bear the extra force from the dental bridge. A well-designed bridge limits this, but in some cases, it can damage the supporting teeth and may lead the tooth to fail earlier than it otherwise would.
For all these reasons and more, dental bridges rarely last a lifetime.
Is a Bridge Right for You?
Despite their limitations, there are some situations where a dental bridge is a better choice than a dental implant. Bridges are better if you have one or two damaged but healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth. These teeth might need crowns anyway, so the bridge becomes a good option.
A bridge might also make sense if you don’t have enough bone to support a dental implant.
Finally, you might not like the idea of implant surgery, which makes the bridge seem like a better choice.