A dental bridge is a practical solution to replacing one or more teeth lost by decay, trauma, or injury. If you’re missing several teeth but the rest of your teeth are healthy, a custom-designed bridge can fill the gaps nicely without risking the integrity of adjacent natural teeth. Working with a dental bridge expert from North Bay Smiles in Petaluma can help you make wise decisions concerning the restorative dental treatment you need.
Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth
Anytime you lose natural teeth, you should make plans to replace them. Tooth loss can cause alignment and bite issues, as your remaining teeth may gradually shift to fill the gaps left by lost teeth. You can also suffer bone loss, which can cause your jaw and facial features to sag. Losing teeth can make it difficult to speak, eat and adequately clean your remaining teeth, posing a risk of decay or dental disease. A fixed bridge can resolve many of these issues. It will also complete your smile so that you can smile with ease.
Dental Bridge Options
If you’re considering a bridge to replace missing teeth, you should know you have options. Two popular bridge options are fixed bridges and implant-supported bridges. A fixed bridge is supported by crowns on either side of the bridge. It’s a permanent tooth replacement that functions like natural teeth.
An implant-supported bridge is held in place by dental implants surgically embedded into your jaw. Your bridge attaches to the implants to act as permanent replacement teeth.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are both functional and esthetically pleasing, making them a good choice for replacing missing teeth. Before recommending bridge treatment, Dr. Szyperski will examine your mouth, teeth, and jaw to see if this restorative treatment is the best option. Dental bridges can:
- Complete your smile
- Improve your ability to speak and eat
- Prevent facial features from sagging
- Keep teeth from shifting to maintain your bite and tooth alignment
To learn more about dental bridge treatment, contact Dr. Yvonne Szyperski from North Bay Smiles in Petaluma at (707) 306-8001.
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