When is a dental bridge necessary?
Your dentist may only recommend a dental bridge when you have abutment teeth for support. They may also recommend you a bridge if you cannot have an implant because of a medical condition. A patient may need a dental bridge after a tooth extraction or mainly tooth loss due to;
1. A trauma or an injury to your existing tooth.
2. Tooth decay that cannot be treated.
3. If a patient has a medical condition and is on medications that impede implant healing.
4. Old age
5. A periodontal disease that interferes with the healing process.
A dental bridge restores your smile and bites that are affected after that tooth loss. These dental bridges look natural because of their porcelain or ceramic nature that best imitates a natural tooth. When your teeth are lost and not replaced, your face looks old and your chin moves forward. This is mainly because your bone shrinks after a tooth loss. To replace the missing tooth, your remaining teeth try to maintain the bite and drift out of their positions in order to change the bite. Your mouth loses its actual shape and pouches are created on the sides of your jaws. You may also suffer from sores around the corners of your mouth. In order to prevent this facial collapse, a dental bridge is necessary. Imagine how would you look with drooping skin and mouth?
A missing tooth is a serious issue as when your remaining teeth drift, they can possibly cause pain and damage. The drifted teeth are harder to clean, thereby promoting plaque accumulation and later tooth decay.