When you lose a tooth, or a couple of teeth that are adjacent to each other, the resulting gap in your smile can have several negative impacts on your dental health. The most obvious impact is the effect that the loss has on your confidence; a smile with one or more empty gaps can be less attractive, and therefore cause you to hide your smile in embarrassment. However, other effects include a disturbance to your bite’s balance, which can cause your remaining teeth to shift toward the empty space as they try to take up the slack in your bite. To close the space in your smile and help you avoid these consequences, your dentist can recommend restoring your smile by replacing your lost tooth/teeth with a custom-made dental bridge.
Implant Crowns and Bridges
Dental bridges are comprised of one or more replacement teeth, or pontics, that are supported by dental crowns attached to each side. On a traditional bridge, the crowns are bonded to the nearby healthy teeth, called abutment teeth, to hold the prosthetic securely in place. However, for patients who qualify, we often recommend replacing lost teeth with dental implant-supported restorations. If you’ve lost a single tooth, then a dental implant and crown may be a better option than a dental bridge. For more than one missing tooth, a dental bridge can be fashioned to sit on one or more dental implant posts, rather than modifying healthy tooth structure for support.
Ask Your Dentist if a Bridge Is Right for You
If you’ve lost a tooth, or a couple of adjacent teeth, then a dental bridge may be the best way to close the gap and restore your smile. To learn more about custom-made dental bridges, schedule a consultation with your dentist by calling Lynne Barbour Dental in Kahoka, MO, today at 660-727-4746 (GRIN).