Dental bridges are used for patients who have one or more missing teeth. A dental bridge will “bridge” the gap between teeth.
There are several types of dental bridges. Most commonly, a fixed dental bridge is used. In this type of dental restoration, the prosthetic tooth is anchored to neighboring teeth using dental crowns.
Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth
It is extremely important to replace missing teeth to prevent long term damage and future problems. Once a tooth is lost, the bone begins to deteriorate. The longer the area is exposed, the more likely the bone is to suffer significant loss and for gum disease to occur.
Missing teeth don’t just cause cosmetic concerns. The teeth are extremely important for chewing as well as speech. The teeth also provide support to the lower face. People who are missing teeth often look older than they are with a sagging or drooping appearance.
Alternatives to Dental Bridges
A dental bridge is one option for missing teeth, and there are other options as well depending on your condition and long term goals. The most natural looking and permanent solution to missing teeth are dental implants.
Dental implants can be used to replace either a single tooth or several teeth. In some cases, a dental bridge can be secured in place by dental implants rather than dental crowns which help to preserve healthy teeth.
Contact Us to Replace Missing Teeth
If you have missing teeth or are about to lose your teeth, contact Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Buford, Georgia to learn more about the best options for you.