What are dental bridges?
Dental bridges are false teeth anchored on neighbouring teeth in order to replace one or more missing teeth. The false tooth is known as a pontic and is fused in between two crowns that serve as anchors by attaching to the teeth on each side of the false tooth and thereby bridging them together.
Must missing teeth be replaced?
Yes, missing teeth must be replaced for many reasons –
- To improve your appearance
- To reduce the strain on the teeth at either side of the missing tooth
- To prevent the neighbouring teeth from leaning into the resulting gap and altering the bite
- To prevent gum disease and tooth decay due to accumulation of food in the gap
Dental veneers are wafer thin laminates or shells of tooth coloured material (which can be either porcelain, ceramic or composite bonding material) that are “cemented” to the front surface of teeth to improve their cosmetic appearance. Many dentists use the analogy that dental veneers are for your teeth what false finger nails are for your hands. In a similar manner to how false finger nails are placed or glued to your existing fingernails, veneers are bonded to the front of your existing teeth.
What Treatments or problems are veneers used for?
- Stained Teeth
- Damaged Teeth
- Crooked teeth