When choosing the best option to replace your missing tooth, it’s a great idea to gather all of the facts. Dental bridges are one of the most popular choices to restore the appearance and function of your teeth. When considering a dental bridge at our Southpark, NC dental office, here are a few advantages and disadvantages to consider.
Advantages of a Dental Bridge
Dental bridges have a number of advantages, especially when the alternative is having a gap in your smile.
Added self-confidence — Filling the gap in your smile with a beautiful, natural-looking tooth can give you your self-confidence again. Dr. Gentry carefully matches your dental bridge to the color and shade of your natural teeth.
Improved function — Having a dental bridge helps you eat, speak, and smile more easily.
Maintains alignment — Dental bridges prevent your natural teeth from shifting toward the gap in your smile and keeps your bite’s integrity intact.
Disadvantages of Dental Bridges
While dental bridges give many patients their smiles back, they have a few disadvantages you should be aware of.
Alteration of healthy teeth — Dental bridges rely on healthy adjacent teeth to hold the artificial tooth in place. Many people do not like the idea of placing crowns on otherwise healthy teeth.
No bone retention — Unlike dental implants, dental bridges do not anchor to the underlying jawbone and do not have the same bone-preserving quality of dental implants.
Longevity — Even with the proper care, dental bridges will eventually need to be replaced. Their longevity depends on preventing decay from developing beneath the crowns and on keeping your gum tissue healthy.
If you are considering a dental bridge to fill the gap in your smile, contact our Southpark, NC dental office to arrange an appointment to learn more.