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Should I Get a Dental Bridge?

Are you missing teeth? Having even one tooth missing can not only effect your self esteem but create problems with other teeth. In light of this, should you consider getting a bridge?

First of all, it is good to have a clear understanding of what exactly a bridge is. Notice the explanation on our website:

BRIDGES: This is an option for filling the space created by a missing tooth. It is formed to look like the missing tooth, and it takes its place in the mouth. The sides of a bridge use the two surrounding teeth for support, hence the name. A bridge replaces the missing tooth, both functionally and cosmetically. Bridge work is as much an art as it is an exact science. The materials used may be gold alloys, porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all ceramic material. The choice of material depends on requirements for strength, wear, and/or esthetics.”

Resulting Problems

When one or more missing teeth are not replaced, it can make someone feel self conscious and lack the confidence to smile. To add to this, missing teeth can actually cause other teeth to shift in the direction where teeth once were. This can create alignment issues and sometimes make teeth more difficult to keep clean if they become crowded.

At your appointment, you may here the words “bridge” and “partial” in the same sentence when your dentist discusses replacement options.What’s the difference between a “bridge” and a “partial denture”?
Our website provides this informative answer: “Both bridges and partial dentures replace missing teeth. A bridge is permanently attached to abutment teeth or, in some cases, implants. A partial denture is attached by clasps to the teeth and is easily removed by the patient. Patients are usually more satisfied with bridges than with partial dentures.”

Reach Out to Us!

As you can see, replacing missing teeth is very important. Would you like a consultation to determine the best course of action? Give Oceanside Dental a call and we will help you! (760) 466-0776