Ways a Bridge May Change Your Tooth Alignment

Posted on 8/24/2020 by Keith Boenning, DDS
Ways a Bridge May Change Your Tooth AlignmentWhile a bridge is a sound restoration for filling in a gap in a smile, it can also affect the alignment of the rest of the teeth. The following information will give you more details on how this can happen.

What Is a Dental Bridge?

Basically, a dental bridge is a construction that is made up of two abutments and a pontic. The abutments hold the pontic or fake tooth in place. We usually cement crowns on the natural teeth on either side of the fake tooth to hold it. While a bridge may also take other forms, such as a cantilever bridge, which only has one abutment, a traditional bridge is designed with two anchoring teeth. Because of this design, it can affect the alignment of your other teeth.

How a Bridge Can Affect Alignment

When we place a dental bridge, the surrounding teeth usually fit more naturally with the restoration. If the bite was uneven before it will be smoother if we place the bridge correctly. In some instances, however, the teeth may shift slightly, which may cause the bridge to fit tighter. This is due to the pressure the bridge places on the surrounding teeth. If this happens, you should contact us so we can make some modifications to the surrounding teeth. In this instance, we may need to reshape the natural teeth. To lessen the stress on the abutment teeth for a traditional bridge, you might consider having a bridge placed after getting implants. The implants will allow for a more natural fit and will lessen any problems with stress or pressure.

While a bridge can improve your smile, we also have to make sure it fits properly in your mouth. If you would like to know more about this dental restoration, contact our team of Prosthodontic professionals today. The help you need is just a phone call away!
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