Although a dental bridge is an amazing way to replace a missing tooth, they have a couple disadvantages:
1. Excellent oral hygiene is required
You need to take extra care of your dental bridge with routine brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings. Without impeccable care, a dental bridge’s longevity is compromised.
2. Tooth structure is removed from the teeth
A dental bridge involves removing tooth structure from the two teeth that are next to the gap of the missing tooth. These two teeth need to be filed down to make them parallel and the perfect size and shape for the dental bridge to fit properly.
You and your dentist should discuss the advantages and disadvantages and all of the different options to replace missing teeth.
Why I wrote these articles on dental bridges:
In my office, bridges are an extremely common procedure to replace missing teeth. Do you remember when you were 15 years old and could not imagine losing a tooth? As we age, losing a tooth may unfortunately become a reality. Whenever a new patient comes to my office missing a tooth or several teeth, I explain the benefits of replacing them as soon as possible. The internet unfortunately offers insufficient information about this subject, and people delay seeing the dentist as a result. So, I decided to write these articles and provide extensive information about the advantages, disadvantages, types, costs, and indications of dental bridges and implants to replace missing teeth. I hope you enjoy the articles. If you have any further questions about bridges or implants or you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation, please feel free to contact us.