Benefits of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges offer both functional and aesthetic benefits. When you are missing teeth, your smile can appear awkward and unappealing. In addition, missing teeth can lead to tooth slippage, as adjacent teeth slide into the missing tooth’s position. This can result in bite difficulties and even change the shape of your face.
When you replace missing teeth with a dental bridge, you are helping to restore beauty to your smile while also supporting its function and strength. The process for dental bridges is much faster and less invasive than dental implants, and bridges can continue to provide support for a number of years.
Limitations of Dental Bridges
Although dental bridges look attractive and can be functional, they do have some limitations. Because they depend on your natural teeth for support, they put extra stress on the supporting teeth. This limits when and where they can be used. And, in some cases, it may increase the risk that the supporting teeth will fail. This is more likely with a cantilevered bridge.
Dental bridges don’t stimulate the jawbone and gums. This means that the body will likely remove bone mass under the bridge. This can cause the gums to collapse under the bridge, creating an unattractive gap.
If we think a dental bridge is not a good choice for your smile, we will recommend a dental implant instead.
If you live in or around Westchester County, Peekskill, or Yorktown, New York and are interested in learning more about the benefits of dental bridges, please call (914) 352-5175 or email the experienced cosmetic dentists at Advanced Dentistry of Mohegan Lake to schedule an initial consultation today.