Missing teeth should be replaced for a number of reasons. Appearance is one important reason as having a gap can really ruin your smile. Another is that the gap left by a missing tooth can mean greater strain is put on the teeth on either side.
A gap can also mean your bite is affected, because the teeth next to the space can lean into the gap and alter the way the upper and lower teeth bite together. This can then lead to food getting packed into the gap, which causes both decay and gum disease.
Dental bridges can be used effectively to replace missing teeth. A replacement tooth (or teeth), being fixed to the natural teeth at either side of the gap.
Bridges do not require removal from the mouth and can help to strengthen the teeth they are attached to.
Bridges are usually made of a precious metal base that gives them a solid structure and makes them hardwearing. If you need a bridge in your smile line, porcelain is usually added to the base to make it look more like real teeth.
The teeth to which the bridge is attached often require some degree of preparation, however sometimes a 'sticky bridge' can be used which can provide a conservative solution.
Want to find out more about bridges and how they could help to replace your missing teeth. Call us today for more information or to book a consultation.