If you have one or more missing teeth, you might want to learn more about how a dental bridge and implant dentistry can be used to improve your smile. You will likely find this to be the next best thing to natural teeth.
Dental bridges can help to restore the appearance you had before the teeth they are replacing were removed. Depending on the location in your mouth, the impact on your appearance can vary. Obviously, if the gap is near the front of the mouth, it will be very obvious when you speak or smile. If it is closer to the back, it will not be as conspicuous. It could, however, be noticeable in some situations. Regardless of the appearance, there could be a functional issue that should be addressed.
In addition to the appearance, missing teeth can impact the ability to bite or chew properly. As a result, this could affect the nutritional intake and have a long-term impact on the overall health of the individual. Missing teeth can cause the remaining teeth to shift out of their normal positions. Because of this, teeth that were formerly straight may end up crooked, just like they are for people who need braces. This will not only affect the smile, but it can also shorten the life of the remaining teeth as well.
Since leaving a space where the missing teeth used to be is not in your best interest, the question then becomes one of how to remedy the situation. Some people elect to have partial dentures made to replace these teeth. While they may help to get the job done, there are some disadvantages with them as well. If you choose a dental bridge in conjunction with implant dentistry, these disadvantages go away.
A dental bridge can help to support a mouthful of teeth that will look and function naturally. You will not need to do anything differently on a daily basis than you would do with a whole set of natural teeth.
If you need one or more teeth replaced, you should set up a time to visit the office of Samuel F. Jirik, DDS to learn more about the benefits of a dental bridge. Of all the options available, you may find this one to be best for you. Our cosmetic dentist proudly serves clients in the Little Rock, AR and surrounding areas. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation at our office in Cabot, AR!