Have you ever wondered what the best option is for you in situations where you may be missing one or more teeth? If so, our experienced cosmetic dentist can help you make an informed decision regarding what choices you have when it comes to filling the gap that is left between the remaining teeth. Dental bridges are among the best choices when it comes to something that can function and be treated just like your remaining natural teeth. They are permanently mounted inside the mouth. This means that you will not have to take them out at night before going to bed. You will not need to take them out for brushing and flossing either. Instead, you can forget about them being there and treat them like your natural teeth.
Another advantage that dental bridges provide is the support for the adjacent teeth in order to keep them from drifting out of shape. By filling in the gap that was created by the missing tooth or teeth, the natural teeth cannot begin to lean into the space created by the gap. In essence, having a dental bridge not only gives you replacement teeth for chewing and biting, but it also contributes to the overall health of the remaining natural teeth. This is in addition to the appearance improvements they make by replacing missing teeth.
Bridges are usually held in place by posts that are put into the adjacent teeth. These teeth are then fitted with a crown to restore them to their full function and appearance. Once the bridge is in place, you can basically forget about it being there as far as your normal day-to-day activities are concerned.
The materials from which bridges and crowns are made are customized to match the natural teeth in color. Because of this, no one will ever suspect that you have anything other than natural teeth when you smile. They are also made to be durable, being resistant to chipping and cracking as well as wear from normal use.
An alternative to dental bridges would be partial dentures. They can be much more aggravating to use, however. For one thing, they will need to be removed for cleaning. This includes cleaning the dentures themselves as well as brushing the natural teeth. They will also have to be removed and stored at night and placed back into the mouth the following morning. Therefore, they add steps to the daily routine that are not necessary with dental bridges.
If you are looking for the best alternative near the Little Rock, AR area when it comes to replacing missing teeth, you should check with the team at the office of Samuel F. Jirik, DDS in Cabot, AR about the use of dental bridges. You may find that the advantages are so significant that you will not want to consider anything else. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!