There are many different reasons why you may lose a tooth. Gum disease, tooth decay, and dental trauma can all lead to your tooth falling out or needing to be extracted. Losing a single tooth can have a negative impact on your oral health and can increase your risk of disease, jawbone deterioration, and bite problems. Missing teeth can have a substantial impact on your normal life activities such as smiling, speaking, chewing, eating, and your self-confidence. At DDS Family Dental in German Village, we can restore your missing teeth using a dental bridge.
What is a dental bridge?
Dental bridges are one of the long-term and effective solutions when it comes to restorative dentistry. A dental bridge fills the gap created by the lost teeth with replacement teeth. A bridge is sturdy and permanent, and is bonded to your natural teeth. After they are placed, dental bridges tend to resemble and function your natural teeth.
How does a dental bridge work?
A dental bridge is permanently cemented to your teeth and, therefore, not removable. It is attached to existing surrounding teeth using dental crowns. The surrounding teeth that anchor the bridge are known as the abutments. The fake tooth that is held sturdy by the abutments is called the pontic.
The bridge fills in the space left by missing teeth, and can help you to talk and chew properly. It can also restore your smile and help to revitalize the healthy, natural look of your face that can sometimes begin to sag and droop when you are missing teeth.
How are dental bridges different than other teeth replacement options?
Dental bridges differ from other replacement options because unlike dentures, they are not removable and unlike dental implants, they are not fused to your jawbone. Dentures are typically used to replace all of your teeth, while implants are used to replace one at a time. Bridges can replace one or a couple teeth, depending on their locations.
If you are missing one or more teeth, and think that dental bridges may be a good replacement option for you, give our office a call today. Teeth replacement can be tricky. We are here every step of the way to help find the right method for you and your smile. Don’t wait – call us today to see if a dental bridge can get your smile back on track.