Why Bridges Help Your Smile
Folks get fitted for a dental bridge when they have at least one missing tooth. If you’ve ever had a missing tooth, or known someone who did, you may have noticed a sagging jaw and decreased ability to speak and chew properly. You may also have noticed that your remaining teeth moved to help compensate for the gap the missing tooth left. The result of such movements is often a bad and unbalanced bite. It’s natural in such cases to feel self-conscious about your teeth, and bridges give you a reason to smile. They enhance your self-esteem, assist with your oral health, and improve your speech and ability to chew.
Dental bridges act as an excellent preventative tool so you can keep on smiling. The bridges require crowns but not the type of crowns that royalty wears. Dental crowns, also called caps, cover damaged or decayed teeth to the gum line. None of your natural tooth will be visible, and the crown provides a seal that prevents bacteria from infecting your tooth. However, bacteria can still enter (and infect) your gums, so it’s important to keep up the regular tooth brushing and flossing. It’s interesting to note that the average bridge does not last more than seven years, and the reason why is cavity development on the supporting teeth, all the more reason to maintain oral hygiene. However, the tight seal from the crown does provide you some peace of mind and helps the look of your smile.
Bridges are also an alternative to dental implants. Many folks love these implants, but others find them a bit too invasive and expensive for their tastes. That’s fine and another great reason that bridges help your smile.
When you have a missing tooth, you may feel self-conscious about smiling. In addition, your face may sag, making you look older than your age. Bridges restore good appearance and shape to your face. Because they prevent your remaining teeth from shifting when one is missing, they also contribute to good oral health. They help you speak clearly and confidently, which you may not have been able to do with a missing tooth. Last but not least, you may not have been able to enjoy eating some of your favorite foods with missing teeth. Bridges allow you to chow down for maximum pleasure.
By now, you have a good idea on why dental bridges help your smile. For more on dental bridges in Cary and surrounding areas, check out this website.
Ron has years of experience in the dental world. You can find his thoughts at teeth safety blog on Livejournal.
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