There are many different treatments available for badly damaged or decayed teeth, but unfortunately, sometimes a tooth can be so far gone that it is beyond repair, leaving an unsightly gap in your smile. Gaps between your teeth can seriously knock your confidence and self-esteem, and depending on the location of the gap, it can even have a negative impact on the functionality of your other teeth and the overall use of your mouth. This is due to the fact that after time, your remaining teeth can take advantage of the space to shift around slightly, causing misalignment and a range of other associated dental problems.
Dental bridges work to fill this gap where the missing tooth would have been. They do this using a false tooth, which looks and feels just like the real thing. The false tooth also holds the remaining teeth either side in place so that they don’t shift into the space.
However, before you rush into your doctor’s office to ask for a dental bridge, there are some considerations that you need to make. Let’s take a look at the benefits and risks of dental bridges.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
There are a variety of benefits to having a dental bridge fitted. Your dentist will probably recommend a dental bridge in order to:
- Prevent your remaining teeth from shifting position and causing misalignment and related problems
- Help you bite and/or chew properly
- Correct your bite
- Properly align your jaw
- Maintain the shape of your face
- Give you a great smile that boosts your confidence and self-esteem