Tooth loss can occur due to a variety of reasons, ranging from injury to periodontitis. Patients impacted by tooth loss often suffer from both emotional and physical side effects. Emotionally, patients frequently report feeling a loss of self-esteem related to their tooth loss. The physical effects of tooth loss include a shifting of the surviving teeth, bone loss in the face, and even nutritional deficiencies. Fortunately, there are restorative options available. Let’s consider some of the myths surrounding one of those restorative options– a dental bridge– and the truth behind the misconceptions:
Myth: Bridges and dentures are the same thing.
Fact: It’s true that bridges and dentures are both restorative options for patients suffering from tooth loss, yet they have some notable differences. Bridges, for example, use crowns to anchor the replacement teeth securely in place; for this reason, they are considered a permanent restorative option. Dentures, on the other hand, are removable; in fact, they must be removed regularly for cleaning.
Myth: People will be able to tell that I have a dental bridge.
Fact: Dental bridges today have come a long way from bridges of the past. Today’s dental technology allows the creation of dental bridges that are almost identical to a patient’s natural teeth in their size and color. Thus, the only way anyone else will know you have a bridge is if you tell them that you do.
Myth: I could never afford a dental bridge.
Fact: There was a time when crowns and bridges were considered purely cosmetic procedures and thus weren’t frequently covered by insurance companies. Thankfully, those days have largely passed. Because of the physical effects associated with tooth loss, many insurance companies now offer at least partial coverage of bridges.
It’s time to stop suffering from tooth loss in silence. If you’re in the Attleboro area, contact us today to learn how we can help you achieve a healthy, glowing smile!