Missing teeth are more than just an aesthetic issue. They can seriously harm your oral health and lead to more significant problems. At Gunnerson Dental in Payson, Utah, we offer several options for replacing missing teeth. Dental bridges can be a practical solution for patients missing one or more teeth in a row. We use bridges made using durable, high-quality materials that look and feel like your natural teeth. However, there are issues dental bridges can’t address. We’ll tell you all about dental bridges and why they would not be recommended.
Why Is Replacing Missing Teeth So Important?
A missing tooth may not seem like a big deal, but every tooth in your smile serves a purpose. Any missing tooth can impact your health in many different ways:
- Having one or several missing teeth can adversely affect your bite, potentially causing uneven wear and tear on the other teeth
- Having missing teeth can raise your chances of developing gum disease. Without all your teeth, the remaining ones can start to shift. This movement can cause your gums to recede and form pockets where bacteria can collect. Also, gum disease may increase your risk of other serious health problems, including strokes and heart conditions
- Missing teeth can make your face sunken, making you look older
What is a Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges are a reliable solution for replacing missing teeth. Generally, these bridges feature artificial teeth secured in place via attachment to nearby teeth.
We can create a custom dental bridge that fits perfectly. The process requires two visits to our office. During your first visit, we prepare the adjacent or “abutment” teeth by removing a small amount of enamel to make room for the new crown or crowns.
Next, we take 3D impressions and forward them to a lab where your bridge is created using your specific oral measurements. Finally, you will come back for your second visit to get your dental bridge, and we will ensure the bridge fits perfectly before placing it in your smile.
Why is a Dental Bridge Not Recommended?
There are reasons why a dental bridge may not be the best restoration for your situation:
We may need to alter healthy teeth when placing cantilevers and traditional bridges. This involves removing a slight amount of enamel to ensure the dental crowns fit perfectly. Unfortunately, there could be potential issues down the line with these teeth.
When teeth are gone, the jawbone in those areas begins to weaken, potentially leading to facial sagging, tooth movement, and further tooth loss. Bridges, unfortunately, don’t address this issue since they sit above the gum line and can’t halt the resorption of bone tissue. However, implants mimic the tooth root and can stimulate bone growth, preventing further damage.
Bridges have a short lifespan compared to dental implants. A bridge may last up to 15 years, while an implant can last up to 25 years.
Find Out If Dental Bridges Are the Right Restoration for You
To learn more about dental bridges, call Gunnerson Dental at (801) 658-0175 to schedule a consultation.
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