A Functional, Attractive Solution
Don’t let a missing tooth adversely affect the appearance and functionality of your smile. Bridges can be a good choice for replacing a single missing tooth. When you need to replace a missing tooth, visit a dentist who understands the importance of a comfortable, confident and beautiful smile. Trust the experience of Dr. Roseto, Dr. Nguyen and Dr. Miller at Smiles @ Southcenter.
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.
Why Smiles @ Southcenter?
Whether you choose a dental implant or a bridge to replace a missing tooth, know that we have restored thousands of teeth and we partner with only the best local dental labs for consistent and predictable results. This not only assures your dental treatment will be quick and convenient, but that your bridge or implant crown will fit and match perfectly.
Call 206-575-9150 now to schedule your appointment!