BENEFITS OF A FIXED BRIDGE
KIRKLAND RESTORATIVE DENTIST
Using a dental bridge to replace one or more missing teeth is a semi-permanent option, depending on the type of bridge chosen and the method of anchoring.
Implant supported bridges last the longest — potentially the rest of your life — while bridges attached by clasps or bonding will usually need reseating after five or ten years. Benefits of bridges include:
- Stability. Unlike traditional dentures, which can become dislodged easily, fixed bridges stay solidly in place. This means you can focus on enjoying your food, your conversations, and your life, instead of worrying about your teeth coming loose.
- Stress distribution. Since fixed bridges are custom designed for your mouth, they help to distribute force evenly when you bite down, which protects your surrounding teeth.
- A Natural Look. Bridges can be colored, shaped, and positioned to look identical to the teeth they are replacing. This means you won’t have to explain a sudden dental transformation to family and friends.
- Prevention of Bone Loss. Your teeth, gums, and jaw stay strong through the stimulation of chewing and talking. Unfortunately, if you leave gaps open or use traditional dentures, this stimulation doesn’t occur, and your jawbone can recess and fail to support remaining teeth. Dental bridges supported by implants provide stimulation, which can keep your bone strong and healthy.
After you have fixed bridges placed, you will be able to eat and talk normally instead of worrying about your teeth.