A Functional, Attractive Solution
Bridges can be a good choice for replacing a single missing tooth. Don’t let a missing tooth adversely affect the appearance and functionality of your smile. Call today and schedule your free consultation to learn if bridges are the right option for you. We offer convenient appointment times, including Saturday appointments; a qualified and caring team; a state of the art facility and we accept all major insurance plans and offer reduced-fee, in-house membership plans for families and individuals
Why missing teeth need to be replaced
Teeth need each other for support. When you lose a tooth, the biting forces change on the teeth next to the space, causing the teeth to shift. In addition, the opposing teeth no longer have anything to chew against, so they might begin to extrude out of their sockets. These changes create places around the teeth that are hard to keep clean, so plaque and bacteria accumulate quickly.
This accumulation can cause tooth decay and periodontal disease.
Changes in the bite can also put improper chewing forces on the shifted teeth, and this can lead to loose teeth and loss of jawbone, especially when periodontal disease is already present in your mouth. An uneven bite makes it harder to chew your food and may lead to clenching and grinding habits. A bad bite can also create painful problems with your jaw joint, the TMJ.
Bridge or Implant?
Today, the go-to option for replacing missing teeth is implants. An implant restored with a crown has several advantages. The implant stops the bone loss that occurs when a tooth is lost, and it prevents the surrounding teeth from shifting into the space. Unlike replacing the tooth with a traditional bridge, there is no need to alter the neighboring teeth. The implant supported crown looks and feels like your natural teeth when you chew and talk.
When a single tooth is missing, a bridge can be a good alternate choice for replacing it. In a bridge, crowns are placed on each tooth on either side of the space. An artificial tooth is connected to the crowns to replace the missing tooth. Dental bridges are a functional, attractive solution for missing teeth. They can be made from gold, porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal.
Set up your free consultation today by calling 206-575-9150.