Dental bridges are natural-looking dental prosthetic devices that can replace a section of missing teeth. Because they are custom-made, bridges are barely noticeable. The bridge is held firmly in place by two your own teeth on each side of the missing one(s) or by dental implants. A bridge is permanent and cannot be removed.
Your dentist may recommend a bridge if you're missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth will eventually cause your remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. With a bridge you can prevent these problems as well as restore the natural contour of teeth and the proper bite relationship between your upper and lower teeth.
Your dental bridge should generally last for about 10 years or more with proper care. Like natural teeth, bridges need to be brushed and flossed every day. Regular dental visits and professional cleanings are also important.
For more information about dental bridges, contact the dentists at Smiles at SummerHill Dental in Newmarket, Ontario.