Losing a tooth can be an unpleasant experience, and can leave an unwanted gap between your remaining teeth. The good news is that a dental bridge can help to restore the natural shape of your face, your bite, and your smile!
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge fills the space where a tooth or teeth are missing. When a patient loses a tooth, the teeth nearby may drift or tilt into the empty space. This can greatly affect your bite by putting undue stress on your teeth and jaws, sometimes causing pain. Teeth that have drifted can also be harder to clean, causing potential problems related to your gum tissue, as well as tooth decay. When a tooth is absent, the bone can also shrink. This can affect the way that the jawbone supports the cheeks, changing your overall facial appearance. For these reasons, it is very important to replace a missing tooth or teeth!
A common bridge design involves placing crowns on the teeth behind and in front of the missing tooth. This restoration is then permanently bonded into place, so you never have to remove it. In some cases, dental implants may also be used to support a bridge, if healthy teeth are not in the correct position. Contact us today for more information!