If you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, you know just how much that can affect the overall appearance of your smile as well as overall dental wellness. This is where a cosmetic dentist can make a major positive impact on your life. By visiting with a dentist, a solution will be developed in order to address the problems associated with missing teeth.
Problems Associated with Missing Teeth
There are the obvious aesthetic issues with tooth loss that will need to be addressed. Having any gaps between your teeth can be a source of self-consciousness, making you uncomfortable to smile, laugh, or speak, even around people that you have known for many years.
More importantly, tooth loss affects overall dental functionality and dental health. A missing tooth can make it difficult to eat some of your favorite foods, for instance. Missing teeth can also cause bone loss and gum recession to occur in the area of the tooth gap since there is no root structure to support.
This is where dental bridges come into play.
What are dental bridges?
Dental bridges are sets of artificial teeth that are carefully fit just for the patient. The artificial teeth are held in place by bracing around existing tooth structure that is adjacent to the tooth gap.
Why Dental Bridges are Helpful
Dental bridges restore the appearance of your smile so that you can speak, laugh, and interact without self-consciousness.
Dental bridges also restore overall functionality of your mouth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods again with very little difficulty.
Ideal Candidates for Dental Bridges
The best candidates for dental bridges are people missing a tooth or a few teeth but still have healthy tooth structure remaining around the tooth gap. For those who are missing many teeth in a row, a denture may be more ideal. When you discuss treatment with a cosmetic and restorative dentist, he or she will determine which kind of treatment option will be more ideal for you.
Implant-Supported Dental Bridges
While traditional dental bridges are relatively sturdy, the hold and stability of a dental bridge can be greatly improved through the use of dental implants. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed in order to support a dental bridge, a denture, or even just a single dental crown. These artificial tooth roots provide a hold that is superior to even the strongest denture creams. This makes sense since the dental implants will function just as a normal tooth root would.
Considering All Options for Care
When you stop by for a dental health consultation, we will be sure to go over all of your options for dental restoration and rehabilitation. By considering these options carefully, we will help you achieve a great smile that's totally healthy as well.
Learn More About Dental Bridges
For more information about dental bridges and your many other options for dealing with missing teeth, be sure to contact our Doylestown cosmetic dentistry center today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best smile possible through effective dental care treatment.