The Benefits of Dental Bridges

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Having one or more missing teeth can seriously affect not only your smile, but also your dental health. Specifically, missing teeth can cause: a shift in the alignment of your teeth, increased risk of periodontal disease, increased risk of tooth decay and other problems. When people are at the stage where they need to replace one or several missing teeth, there is usually a choice of how to go about it. Dr. Bart Kreiner is the owner of Dr. Kreiner Family Dentistry in Bel Air, Maryland. Here he talks about the benefits of having dental bridge and you'll find it is usually the much better choice.

Firstly, dental bridges are permanent. Dental bridges are cemented into the mouth and cannot come out, which is different from the typical denture. And the typical denture can be prone to falling out. The only reason for a dental bridge to come out is the decay of the remaining teeth the bridge is attached to.

Secondly, dental bridges make the patients feel like they have the real thing. Patients always think that dental bridges look and feel more natural than removable dentures. Before long, they become undetectable and patients forget they have dental bridges in their mouths, as they are especially similar to the natural teeth. Generally speaking, when the crowns or bridges are added to patients' mouths, they find that they have not undergone the dental bridges after just 24 to 48 hours.

Thirdly, dental bridges are aesthetically pleasing. They not only provide patients with a more natural, less noticeable look, but allow for food to be chewed more easily because of their permanence, and because patients can generate more force when they chew without having to be weary of damaging the denture. But with a removable denture, the prosthetic continuously moves as it is not anchored in place, which may cause it to slip out when patients eat meals. Although dental bridges tend to be more expensive than removable dentures, the advantage of increased function and aesthetics makes their value immeasurable.

Last but not least, dental bridges can last a long time. The life expectancy of typical crowns and bridges is about five to seven years. But dental bridges can last from 8 to 15 years and can last even longer, maybe over 20 to 30 years, if you maintain the additions to your mouth properly and maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly. For example, I just saw a patient recently who had crowns in her mouth 22 years ago when I was a dental student. They looked as good on the current x-ray as the day when I placed them in her mouth. I remember the procedures I did for her clearly, as she was my very first patient in dental school. And she has also been the patient of mine through dental school, my residency, and now in my private dental office. I am pleased to know that she didn't need any work to her teeth at all when she came for her most recent routine check-up. All of her bridges have lasted as good as before.

To find out more about bridges or to schedule an appointment, please feel free to contact Dr. Kreiner's office.

The information in the article is not intended to substitute for the medical expertise and advice of your healthcare provider. We encourage you to discuss any decisions about treatment or care with an appropriate healthcare provider.

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