Are you missing a tooth? Perhaps you are missing multiple teeth. If so, a bridge could be a great option to restore your perfect smile. This option is very non-invasive, yet very effective. Keep reading to learn about all of the dental bridge options available…
Connect the Gap with a Dental Bridge
Dental bridges are one of the more common restorative dental services that we offer at Comfort First Family Dental. Looking to fill in an unsightly space in your smile? Even missing a back tooth can cause problems like chewing or the alignment of your other teeth. Consider why our experienced Falls Church dentist may recommend a bridge.
More Than One Tooth
When you have a missing tooth, it is likely not the end of your problems. Teeth tend to keep moving, even after all your adult teeth are in place. A missing tooth can allow the teeth throughout the entire mouth to shift out of place. This compromises the health and appearance of those teeth as they become more prone to trapping bacteria. Also, teeth on the opposite side can erupt too far out of position without an opposing neighbor to bite against, impacting your bite.
What Can a Bridge Do for You?
A dental bridge uses the teeth around the gap as supports for suspending a pontic, or false tooth, over the open space. These abutment (supporting) teeth need to be fit with what looks like a crown to serve as proper anchors. The final product looks like a smooth and even row of teeth.
With a bridge you can:
- Enjoy natural, confident chewing function
- Preserve the alignment of your teeth
- Improve your speaking ability
- Enhance the appearance of your smile
Another option for replacing a missing tooth would be to have a dental implant placed into the open area. A dental implant will help to preserve the bone and gum tissue around the missing tooth and usually lasts longer than a bridge. Crowns are another option if you can save your tooth from extraction.
Implants can also be used to support bridges, when more than 1 or 2 teeth are missing.
Discussing your restorative needs with Dr. Miata Jones is the best way to find out which option will help you the most. Plan your visit with us today – be sure to ask about our evening and weekend appointments! Se habla español.