Bridges, quite simply, replace missing teeth to make chewing easier, improve appearance, and keep your teeth, and gums healthy. Bridges consist of one or more replacements or “fake” teeth. They are attached to the natural teeth next to them to offer a more natural look. People often underestimate the value of every tooth in terms of beauty and health; even those in the back of your mouth. Although the spaces created by these missing teeth may not be visible, they can cause a variety of problems that perpetuates a cycle of destruction. In a healthy mouth, your teeth have a natural balance. Each upper tooth contacts the corresponding lower tooth. This allows for a well-balanced chewing function. Just one missing tooth can cause the position of other teeth to change. This shift can cause problems such as pain, TMJ or jaw discomfort, abnormal decay areas, and can accelerate periodontal (gum) disease.
Benefits of a bridge: