Tooth loss is an incredibly common problem in Little Rock and elsewhere. With more people maintaining high-acid diets and fewer consumers making routine dental care a top priority, small problems with tooth decay can quickly spiral out of control. There’s also the ongoing potential for tooth loss due to impact events and injuries. Fortunately, consumers have a number of effective options in tooth restoration. One of the most popular of these is dental bridges. These are dental appliances that can permanently replace one or more lost teeth. Best of all, unlike dental implants, these treatments are not reliant upon the installation of titanium posts. Instead, patients only need to have two healthy and stable teeth directly abutting their empty tooth cavities that can function as anchors for natural-looking false teeth.
How Dental Bridges Work
Dental bridges are literally designed to bridge the gap between two natural tooth structures after one or more teeth have been lost. Much like their name implies, they work quite a bit like the bridges that people commonly find on roadways and over bodies of water. During these treatments, special tooth crowns are placed on the teeth on each side of the gap so that these can function as stabilizing anchors. These anchors will have one or more natural-looking false teeth between them that complete the smile and balance out bite forces.
Why Choose Dental Bridges in Little Rock?
Beyond being one of the most affordable solutions to tooth loss, dental bridges can often be completed in a much smaller amount of time than other procedures. The support for dental bridges is derived entirely from the surrounding natural teeth. This means that your treatment can progress at a fairly rapid rate and can only be impeded by lab delays.
The Structural and Cosmetic Benefits of Dental Bridges
The first and most obvious benefit of dental bridges is that they’ll instantly complete your smile, and with incredibly natural-looking results. No one will ever be able to tell that you’re missing one or more of your natural teeth at all. For many people, having a complete smile is essential for maintaining optimum levels of confidence.
Beyond making you look better and feel better, however, dental bridges can actually help you maintain more of your natural teeth for longer. If left unresolved, tooth loss can have a domino effect on the remaining teeth and the overall integrity of the smile by causing the tooth structures to start moving out of their rightful positions and by subjecting them to additional wear and tear.
Once your smile has been restored through a dental bridge treatment at the office of Samuel F. Jirik, DDS in Cabot, you’ll have a lower likelihood of experiencing problems like a weak and misaligned bite, stress cracks and fractures, widespread tooth decay, and loose or wiggly teeth. If you live in the Little Rock area and are interested in tooth restoration treatments, contact us today to schedule a consultation with our cosmetic dentist!