Posted on: 13 November 2017Share
If your dentist has suggested dental bridges as a way to correct your smile, you may be wondering why this option is the best for you over others. After all, there are many other options to correct the cosmetics of your smile, such as dental implants. To better understand why bridges may have been suggested for you, here are three things you should know about them:
- Fills the Gaps: What dental bridges do is create a crown for each tooth on either side of the gap in your smile. In between these crowns will be a porcelain replacement tooth. The benefit of this is that it doesn't require any surgery like a dental implant would and it is more secure than dentures because the supporting teeth will support the tooth that sits in between them. Since the teeth are supporting something, they are stimulated to retain their current position rather than shift to fill in that gap.
- Easy to Clean: Many people are worrisome that bridges will not be easy to clean since bridges are not removable, but also cover some of your natural teeth. However, this isn't the case. In fact, it's easier to clean dental bridges over teeth that have shifted in the mouth because this usually involves teeth shifting behind other teeth, making it impossible to reach certain areas. Besides, with a dental bridge, you can simply floss and brush as normal and, since there is no recovery time like there would be with dental implants, you can get right into this routine as usual as soon as possible.
- Long Lasting: Dental bridges can last for years before you need to replace them. In fact, they can last up to 15 years. The benefit of replacing them at this point is that you can have them recreated to better match your smile as it may have changed or to better suit your own needs if there were certain things you weren't happy with. This even includes color to ensure that the bridge doesn't look obvious, which is especially important if it's towards the front of your smile.
Knowing these things about dental bridges can give you a better understanding as to why it may have been something your dentist has suggested. There are many benefits that you may not have realized, the biggest being avoiding major surgery that is usually only necessary in more severe cases where multiple teeth are missing from the mouth. Contact a dentist, like Scott W. Murphy, D.M.D., P.A., for more help.