Will a dental bridge affect my speech?
Have you lost one or more teeth to injury, decay, or gum disease? Our dentist understands that tooth loss affects our patients’ mood and oral function in such a way that many patients lose confidence in their appearance and experience difficulty eating a variety of foods. Fortunately, our dentist can restore lost teeth with a dental bridge.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is a prosthetic replacement for missing teeth. A bridge is custom made by dental technicians specifically for the needs of each patient. Replacing up to four lost teeth in a row, bridges are constructed from durable materials such as metal alloys, porcelain fused to metal, or all porcelain. If a patient chooses a bridge made from porcelain fused to metal or all porcelain, they can enjoy a more natural look that closely resembles biological teeth.
Bridges consist of a series of crowns, which ultimately replace the visible portions of teeth above the gum line. Unlike full or partial dentures, however, bridges are anchored permanently in the mouth to existing teeth.
Do bridges require special care?
Since bridges are not removed for cleaning like dentures are, patients will brush and floss around their bridge as normal. Most of the time, our dentist will recommend that patients clean underneath their bridge with special water irrigators that remove debris and plaque accumulation on top of the gums below the prosthetic teeth.
Will a bridge affect my ability to eat or speak?
Since bridges are permanently bonded to adjacent teeth and are not removable, most patients do not encounter difficulty when speaking or eating. An adjustment period is expected, though, especially when a patient goes from missing teeth to receiving prosthetics.
Many patients, after receiving a bridge, report a boost in their self-esteem and confidence as well as an overall improvement in quality of life.