It’s difficult to feel good about yourself when you have missing teeth. Aside from the esthetic impact, chewing and speaking clearly can become a challenge, and it may be difficult to maintain proper oral hygiene.
If you've been putting off treatment because you think the solution may be costly or complicated, a dental bridge may be the answer you are looking for.
Benefits of Choosing a Dental Bridge
A dental bridge is designed to fill the gap left in your mouth when a tooth is missing. Missing teeth can lead to other oral health problems, and a dental bridge provides a functional tooth replacement that reduces the likelihood of these problems from occurring.
Bridges offer several benefits
- Fill the space left by a missing tooth
- Prevent shifting of surrounding teeth
- Restore the tooth to full function
- Provide a permanent alternative to a removable partial denture
How Do Missing Teeth Affect Oral Health?
A missing tooth puts your oral health in jeopardy because surrounding teeth can shift and move into the empty space. This movement can result in misaligned teeth, creating a domino effect that can also lead to:
- Premature wearing down of tooth structure
- Teeth grinding
- TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder)
- Gum disease and potential bone loss
- Fractured and chipped teeth
How Does a Dental Bridge Work?
A dental bridge is used to fill the gaps left by missing teeth. A fixed bridge consists of an artificial tooth (pontic) anchored to adjacent teeth by dental crowns. In some cases, a dental implant may be used to provide stability.
Placing a fixed bridge usually requires two appointments. During the first, your dentist prepares the anchor teeth to make sure the crowns fit perfectly. Dental impressions are taken and sent to a dental lab that creates the permanent fixed bridge.
During your second visit, the permanent bridge is adjusted for proper fit and cemented in place. Proper oral hygiene and regular professional cleanings will help keep your bridge in good condition for many years.
Call Tysons Dentistry for an Appointment
Dr. Ardalan Sanati and Dr. Shohreh Shahram have significant experience in placing restorations like dental bridges in Vienna, VA. If you have missing teeth and are looking for a solution, please call us to arrange a convenient consultation.