We have a number of different options for tackling tooth loss, including dentures, implants, and even dental bridges. For patients missing a single tooth, we often recommend a bridge. Do you have questions about bridges? How do they work? Can they help anyone regain a whole smile?
Answer: A variety of factors can lead to adult tooth loss, including untreated infection, poor oral hygiene, sports accidents or injury. However, the most common cause is periodontitis, also known as the advanced stage of gum disease. Without treatment, gum disease can lead to loose, and eventually, lost teeth.
Answer: Tooth loss can lead to misalignment as the teeth drift from their positions. In addition, severe tooth loss can mean relying on a diet of soft foods, depriving the body of essential nutrients. In addition, patients can feel self-conscious about their appearance or have trouble speaking clearly due to the gap in the mouth.
Answer: The prosthetic consists of replacement teeth with dental crowns attached to each end. We prepare the natural teeth on either side of the gap in the smile. The crowns are placed onto the prepared teeth anchoring the new ones firmly in place. We can use this option to replace between one and three teeth in a row.
Answer: On average, they can last between 10 and 15 years before requiring either adjustment or replacement as the shape of the jaw changes. If you have any questions about dental bridges, or if you would like to discuss other tooth replacement options, then please contact our office today.
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