If you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, you know just how much that can affect the overall appearance of your smile. Yet there is more to tooth loss than just self-consciousness and unsightly gaps. In fact, your overall dental health and wellness can be greatly affected by the loss of a tooth.
When you visit a cosmetic dentistry practice, you will be able to learn more about all of these matters in greater detail. Right now we'd like to go over the basics of tooth loss and how dental bridges can be used in order to restore the appearance and functionality of the smile.
In addition to the aesthetic problems that are readily apparent, tooth loss can also result in the gradual misalignment of your remaining teeth. This is because the teeth help preserve alignment in the dental arch in a certain way, and the loss of those teeth means a change in the overall balance of the dental arch.
In addition, the loss of a tooth can result in gum recession and loss of bone density in the jaw. This is because there is no root structure in place for these structures to support.
Because of the above health and aesthetic issues, many patients consider getting a dental bridge to replace a missing tooth. These are artificial sets of teeth that are held in place by bracketing around teeth that are adjacent to the tooth gap. Your cosmetic and restorative dentist will determine if dental bridges are right for you.
In general, good candidates for dental bridges are people who are missing a tooth or multiple teeth and have enough sufficient tooth structure in place to support the bridge.
During the treatment process, dentists will do their best to match the appearance of the dental bridge to the natural teeth of the patient. This goes for color as well as the shape of the replacement teeth themselves.
An impression is created of the existing teeth and tooth gap, and from this impression the dental crown is fashioned in a dental lab. The time it takes to create the dental bridge can take a few weeks. Final adjustments can be made when the bridge is crafted in order to improve fit and appearance.
When it comes to alternatives to dental bridges, one important consideration is the use of dental implants. These artificial tooth roots can support a dental bridge, dental crowns, or even a set of dentures. We will determine which option for care would be best for you and your needs during your visit to the practice.
If you would like more information about dental bridges and how they can help you achieve the best possible dental health, be sure to contact our Mason, OH cosmetic dentistry center today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible dental health.
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