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Can a Dental Bridge Restore Your Smile?
Teeth have many functions: they improve one's speech, they allow people to chew their food properly, and they enhance the beauty of one's smile. Having missing teeth can affect one's speech, and it can make them feel uncomfortable when they smile. For those individuals who have one or more missing teeth, they may be excellent candidates for a dental bridge, which has the capability of restoring their beautiful smile, sometimes making it even better than before.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth. A dental bridge literally "bridges the gap" that is created by having one or more missing teeth. A dental bridge is made out of two crowns for the two teeth that are on each side of the gap. With a crown, the two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) are crowned and a false tooth is made to go in-between the two abutment teeth. The false teeth can be made up of materials such as gold, porcelain, alloys, or any combination of the above.
What Type of Dental Bridge is Right for Me?
When you make an appointment with Dr. Roya Mirkhan, you can discuss which type of dental bridge is the best treatment option for your case. There are a number of types of dental bridges, but for most people, the “traditional bridge” is the right call. This type of bridge involves the placement of a prosthetic comprised of artificial teeth (pontics) attached to two crowns. These crowns are cemented onto the teeth surrounding the gap. Bridges are durable and will last years with the right oral care.
Fixed bridges provide many advantages, including:
- Restoration of smile and facial shape
- Improved speaking and chewing ability
- Prevention of remaining teeth from drifting out of position
- A greater degree of permanence than removable partial dentures
Do Bridges Make it Difficult to Eat?
People sometimes wonder if a dental bridge will make it more difficult to eat. On the contrary, dental bridges actually make eating easier than before. However, until the patient becomes accustomed to eating with the bridge, it's recommended that they eat soft foods and cut food into small pieces.
Schedule a Consultation With Dr. Roya Mirkhan
There is only one way to find out if a dental bridge is right for you. Contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Roya Mirkhan. During your consultation, Dr. Mirkhan will carefully evaluate your situation and develop a customized treatment plan that will produce the most aesthetically pleasing and optimum results achievable.
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