Choosing to get a dental bridge to fill in the space left in your smile by a missing tooth is a good decision for many people. There are many different types of bridges that your dentist can discuss with you, and this simple procedure can augment the appearance of your mouth in a short amount of time. When you're discussing dental bridges with your dentist, it's important for you to know that you can have a say in how this artificial tooth looks. Don't be afraid to ask questions about the tooth's appearance and express any concerns that you may have. Here are some things that you can customize with a dental bridge.
Tooth Size And Shape
You don't have to worry about your dental bridge being a one-tooth-suits-all scenario. This is a tooth that will specifically be made for your mouth, so you and your dentist can control how it will appear. You may have some thoughts regarding the size and shape of the tooth. Generally, you'll want to ensure that it matches the corresponding tooth on the other side of your mouth. For example, if the tooth that you had pulled was slightly pointed and long, and the corresponding tooth wasn't, your dental bridge can be more consistent with the latter's appearance.
Generally, your dentist will advise having your bridge made of a size that it fits comfortably between the teeth on each side of it. However, you'll want to assess the overall look of your mouth and note any gaps that are present. For example, if your teeth are a little more gapped than the average, you may feel as though it's better visually to have the bridge made so that it leaves a slight gap between it and the teeth beside it. Depending on the size of the gap that you want, your dentist will advise you as to whether or not this will work well.
Your dentist can put in your bridge so that it's permanently in place, or you can also have the choice of removing it. There are positives and negatives of both scenarios, so you'll want to give some thought to this situation. Many dental patients appreciate permanent bridges because they feel as though the bridge simply becomes a part of their smile. By considering each of these topics, you can successfully end up with a bridge that suits your mouth perfectly.