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What are bridges and why did I need them?
A bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap—these two anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth.
The false teeth are called pontics and can be made from metal fused ceramic, Metal free ceramic, zirconia or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.
Why it is necessary to replace missing teeth?
Missing teeth will affect your appearance, directly or indirectly and make you conscious of your look. It may reduce your chewing efficiency and thus may affect on your digestive system in the long run.
The alignment of your teeth may change. Teeth work together and when tooth is lost, the nearby teeth may tilt into the empty space or the teeth in the opposite jaw may shift up or down to fill that space. This can affect your bite and place unusual stress on your teeth.
Chewing only on one side may cause extra stress on the jaw joints. A missing tooth may also cause ”shrinking “of your jaw bone.
Teeth that have drifted or titled are also difficult to clean, this makes them more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease.
Drifted teeth are difficult to clean, thus resulting into further complications.