Dental Bridge: 3 Important Details

3whitewoodAs your need for a tooth replacement becomes more significant, you may find yourself more and more drawn to the thought of choosing a dental bridge. When replacing one or up to three teeth, a bridge offers a sound, stable, beautiful way to achieve a complete smile. While you might like the advantages, you may still wonder about the less apparent details. Fantastic news! We’ve got some information that will help you get to know more about bridges and their lasting effects on your smile.

#1: You’ll Need To Clean Under Them

Patients often worry about changes in dental hygiene but this is not necessary. Fortunately, if you receive a dental bridge, the only change will be that you’re going to add flossing between the pontics (artificial teeth filling the open space) and your gum tissue. This will add only seconds to your usual routine.

#2: You Can Rely On Implant Support

If you want a dental bridge, you are not limited to traditional support (though you may certainly rely on this type of support if you so choose). Fortunately, you also have the option of choosing an implant-retained bridge. This requires the surgical placement of implants to act as your supports rather than natural abutment teeth.

#3: They Can Protect Your Smile

When you’re missing teeth there are a couple things that are bound to happen (not good things, to be exact). First, your teeth may move out of alignment. Second, the pressure that was once distributed evenly across a complete smile will be dispersed among fewer teeth, potentially leading to discomfort, injury, and difficulty chewing. Placing a dental bridge will prevent such problems from occurring.