Your teeth say a lot about you. This is because your mouth is one of the most prominent features on your face. When people look at your mouth, they make determinations about you. If you have broken or missing teeth, people may mistakenly believe that you are poorly educated, that you have poor hygiene and that you care very little about yourself.
This is one of the reasons why people are concerned about maintaining good oral health. When they have a broken tooth or a missing tooth, they opt to have it repaired or replaced with a dental bridge.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A bridge is designed to replace a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. The bridge is designed to adhere to the teeth that are adjacent to the missing tooth or teeth. It is permanently fixed to the adjacent teeth.
There are multiple types of dental bridges that are available. Regardless of the style of bridge, each one is custom-designed to fit the patient’s arch. Crowns are placed on the shaped teeth, thereby restoring the appearance of a person’s smile.
How Will the Orthodontist Determine If I Need a Bridge?
For many years, dental bridges were the best way to replace one missing tooth. Now, dental bridges are more commonly used when a patient has multiple missing teeth right next to each other. This is because implant surgery allows our dentist to replace a single tooth permanently without affecting the health of the teeth on either side. A dental implant preserves the bone in the area of the missing tooth.
In most cases, dental bridges can be applied with little to no side effects. You may have some mild gum irritation. However, side effects are rare. Before applying the dental bridge, our dentist is going to consult with you to make sure that the treatment is right for you.
There are a lot of instances where a dental implant is not advisable. In these circumstances, our orthodontist may recommend a bridge. This can restore the appearance of your smile. It can once again give you the confidence that you need to feel your best.
Contact Our Office Today
A dental bridge can drastically improve the quality of your life. If you have missing teeth, make an appointment at Implant Dentistry of Virginia to learn more about how a bridge can benefit you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at our office in Virginia Beach.