Missing teeth affect both the look and function of your mouth. Although it may seem that missing teeth only impact you appearance, your overall oral health may also deteriorate. When you lose a tooth, the bone in the area around the missing tooth may become weak over time. Food debris is also able to get into the space and under the gums, causing irritation and possible infection. Dental bridges are one of many cosmetic dental treatments that can replace a missing tooth, so that further oral health issues do not destroy your smile.
Dental bridges are designed to last. They prevent adjoining teeth from becoming twisted or misaligned. The bridge is created from a mold of the space where the missing tooth was housed. Porcelain is fused to a metal base made from the mold. The bridge blends with the rest of your teeth. Without the bridge, adjacent teeth can move out of alignment. When that happens, you become more susceptible to gum disease and other dental problems.
Dental Bridge Myths
When you have a dental bridge fitted, the bridge is designed to last throughout your lifetime. Most dental bridges are permanently fixed, which means that you need only carry out thorough dental hygiene practices to keep it in good condition. Sycamore Hills Dentistry uses cutting edge technology, so your dental bridge will look and feel like your real teeth. Others will not know the difference and you will regain the ability to enjoy eating and drinking the foods that you love.
Although you may notice a slight slurring of your words after having a dental bridge fitted, this side-effect is temporary. The human brain has already learned how to form words, so it won’t take long for you to adjust to the bridge. Singers, especially, will be glad to know that having a bridge fitted does not spell the end of their career.
If you have missing teeth, contact Sycamore Hills Dentistry today to schedule a consultation about dental bridges.