Dental Bridges An Overview
Replacing missing teeth is extremely important. Gaps between teeth can leave the gums open to infection and bacteria and over time the bone can deteriorate and affect neighboring teeth. Dental bridges are used to literally “bridge the gap” between teeth in order to fill in the gaps created by missing teeth.
Fox Lake dentist Dr. Thomas Prendergast offers several treatment options for missing teeth including dental bridges. An experienced restorative dentist, he can evaluate your teeth and gums to determine if a dental bridge is right for you. Dental bridges can be placed using your natural teeth as anchors or dental implants.
Benefits of Dental Bridges:
- Restore your smile by closing gaps that lost teeth leave behind. Dental bridges are an economical way to fill in the gaps of your smile.
- Properly chew and speak without having to consciously think about it. It can be frustrating and distracting when you have to think about what foods you can and can’t eat because of missing teeth.
- Maintain the shape of your face. Missing teeth left unaddressed can contribute to premature facial sagging.
- Bite properly by distributing forces evenly with a dental bridge in place.
- Dental Bridges will prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position. They can also help deter gum disease, and cavities.
Dental Implant: An Alternative to A Dental Bridge
Old dental bridges can place stress on your natural, surrounding teeth. If your surrounding teeth are healthy, a better option to replace missing teeth for you might be dental implants. If one tooth is missing, an implant can be placed to restore natural structure and function to your bite without having to impact healthy neighboring teeth. When several consecutive teeth need to be replaced, dental implants can secure a dental bridge for a more stable long term result. This type of restoration is permanent as well. They do not require special care, and there is no need to remove implants every day before bed.