What is a Dental Bridge, and when is it needed?
For patients who are missing a tooth or several teeth due to age, disease, or trauma, smiling may be the last thing on their mind. Gaps from missing teeth are not only unattractive, but they can also cause bone loss and encourage an individual’s other teeth to shift out of place. This can create a problem for the patient’s entire mouth, as well as his or her self-esteem.
Addressing missing teeth can be as easy as having a dental bridge placed. Dental bridges are used to replace missing natural teeth. A Dental bridge consists of a false tooth or teeth between two crowns. The teeth surrounding the space are trimmed to allow the placement of the crowns so these teeth can support the missing teeth replacement. The bridge is bonded or cemented on, and can last years or even decades with proper care and attention.
Dental bridges are just one of many ways to replace missing teeth. Bridges are often considered for patients looking for a more cost-effective way to address a space left behind from a missing tooth. Other options may include a dental implant or a partial denture.
There are many factors involved when deciding whether a patient is a candidate for Dental Bridges. Dr. Dietrich will sit with you during a consultation to discuss what your options are when it comes to cosmetically replacing one tooth or several teeth. If a patient is not considered a viable candidate for Dental implants or partial dentures, dental bridges may become the treatment of choice. They can be effective to not only fill the space left behind, but to keep your remaining teeth from shifting.
Having an experienced dentist in Dolton such as Dr. Dietrich, will help you systematically improve your smile. From Dental Bridges to dentures, Dr. Dietrich can work with you to determine the best plan of action for improving your smile and focusing on the overall health of your teeth and gums. Call Pleasant Dental® Dolton, IL today to schedule an appointment and start taking charge of your smile! (708) 576-1900.
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