Replace missing teeth with dental bridges in Payson, UT
Missing teeth are not just an aesthetic problem, they can also be detrimental to normal daily functionality and your oral health. At Gunnerson Dental in Payson, UT, we offer patients several different options for replacing missing teeth. Dental bridges are one solution for individuals who are missing one or more teeth in a row. Our dental bridges are made from high-quality, durable materials so, they look, feel, and function naturally.
What are dental bridges
Dental bridges have been around a long time in modern dentistry as a solution to effectively replace missing teeth. While there are several different types of dental bridges, all of them generally consist of artificial teeth that are held in place by attachment to adjacent teeth.
Importance of replacing missing teeth
Missing a single tooth may not sound like a big deal, but each tooth in your mouth serves a purpose and can affect you in several different ways:
- One or more missing teeth can alter the bite, which can lead to uneven wear and tear on remaining teeth and the need for restorative dental treatment in the future.
- Missing teeth can increase the risk of gum disease. That is because the remaining teeth will begin to shift out of place, and gums will begin to recede, creating pockets where bacteria can easily be trapped. Furthermore, gum disease has been known to increase the risk of other serious health conditions such as strokes and cardiovascular disease.
- Missing teeth can age you in appearance by making your face take on a sunken look.
Effective treatment for missing teeth
Each dental bridge is custom fabricated to fit your mouth. Placing a dental bridge typically requires two visits to the office. During the first visit, the adjacent teeth are prepared for placement of the bridge. This involves removing a small amount of enamel to allow room for dental crowns to be placed over the teeth. Impressions are then taken and sent to a dental lab so the bridge can be made to the precise dimensions of your mouth. Once the bridge is back in the office, you will come in for a final fitting check on the bridge before it is placed in the mouth.
To learn more about dental bridges or other tooth replacement options from Gunnerson Dental, please call us today at (801) 658-0175. We proudly serve the communities of Payson, Elk Ridge, Mapleton, Woodland Hills, Springville, Salem and Spanish Fork.