Adult tooth loss is one of the serious dental problems with considerable impact on your health and wellbeing. Asides from aesthetics, the loss of a tooth also adversely affect the functions of the mouth, the jaw structure and also the surviving teeth. Dental bridges can replace lost teeth so that the mouth is restored to normal, allowing patients to regain full oral functions and confidence.
A dental bridge is a restorative treatment that replaces one or more missing teeth. Normally, dental bridges are affixed to two dental crowns (one placed on each of the teeth adjacent to the gap). However, in instances where there is no tooth on which the dental crown can be mounted, the dental bridge can be anchored by dental implants. Dental implants act as artificial roots and are surgically fixed. With these two anchoring techniques available, dental bridges can be made to work for just about any patient. A successful dental bridge procedure is largely dependent on healthy teeth and gums. Therefore, any dental problems present should be first addressed before restorative dental bridge treatment.
A successful dental bridge treatment offers the patient:
The right treatment option is determined by the number of missing teeth. In place of a dental bridge, a dental crown supported by a dental implant can be used to replace a single lost tooth. For significant tooth loss, an alternative treatment can be a full or partial set of dentures.
Tooth loss requires urgent attention. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Gibson at Bella Smiles Cosmetic and Family Dentistry to discuss the options for restoring your beautiful smile to preserve the health, function, and structure of your mouth.