How A Dental Bridge Supports Your Bite Function

Biting and chewing should feel natural. Being able to move your jaw comfortably, and evenly applying pressure when you bite down, helps you evenly distribute friction while also limiting stress on your joints and muscles. For people who have lost even one tooth, biting and chewing can start to feel awkward. If the problem is not dealt with, you can end up developing a recurring problem with pain and stiffness from TMJ disorder. At our Tucson, AZ dentist’s office, patients who are ready to do something about tooth loss can learn of the benefits gained with a dental bridge. Your custom dental bridge closes a gap caused by tooth loss with a permanent appliance held in place with dental crowns. The procedure does not require oral surgery, and it can lead to both functional and cosmetic improvements!

Dental Bridges Offer A Permanent Solution To Tooth Loss

A dental bridge is a fixed prosthetic appliance, meaning it is not something that you can remove. Its stability helps you because you can count on it to bite and chew food, and also to stay secure whenever you speak and laugh. The appliance consists of at least one pontic (replacement tooth), and it is surrounded by a pair of dental crowns that are placed over your teeth. When in position, you can be happy to see that your bridge improves the quality of your smile while also giving you more support to bite and chew in a way that feels natural to you!

Receiving Your Dental Bridge

Dental bridges do not require oral surgery to place. What will happen instead is that the crowns at the ends of your bridge will be placed over your teeth to keep the appliance firmly in position. Careful measurements are taken before your bridge is placed, so that when it is in position it looks natural and feels comfortable.

What Else Can I Do To Restore An Incomplete Smile?

Dental bridges are not the only permanent appliances available. You can also talk to your dentist about using a dental implant to hold a replacement tooth for you! The implant is surgically set in place in the space where your roots were previously located. When you have this post in position, your jawbone will fuse to it as you heal – this process, known as osseointegration, helps to make sure the prosthetic remains securely held over the years. One benefit to a dental implant is that it stimulates your jawbone whenever you bite and chew. This allows you to sustain the bone, and avoid density loss that occurs after tooth loss.

Our Tucson, AZ Dentist’s Office Can Restore Your Smile And Bite With A Dental Bridge!

At our Tucson, AZ dentist’s office, patients who are ready to do something about tooth loss can learn of the benefits provided by a dental bridge! Find out more about these appliances, and about other services we offer, by calling Newman Dental at 520-296-5439.