The experience of having a missing tooth or missing teeth, particularly toward the front of your mouth, can be a blow to your self-confidence. Your appearance is a valuable asset and when it is less than appealing, your self-esteem can suffer. In addition to the mental stress missing teeth can cause, they also create a slow cascade of changes in your mouth if not addressed in a timely manner.
The space left by the missing tooth creates an opportunity for adjacent teeth to move and shift out of position. They can begin to lean into the space or drift into it. As they move, the teeth next to them may begin to move out of alignment also. This subtle movement over time creates places that are difficult for you to clean, so plaque can build up and tartar can form. These areas then become more susceptible to decay and gum disease creating more problems for your oral health. With restorative dentistry, a dental bridge can prevent these events from happening in the first place.
Unlike a partial denture, a dental bridge is permanently fixed on the adjacent teeth so you do not need to remove it daily for cleaning. Usually made out of porcelain fused to metal, the bridge provides strength and support to the teeth on either side of the gap. It also restores missing occlusal surface so that you are once again able to properly chew. Now your body can get the full benefits of the nutrients in the foods you eat.
Dental bridges also restore your appearance. When you smile, instead of an embarrassing "window", you will have a full set of beautiful teeth which you can show off with pride. No more hiding your smile behind your hand or half smiling so no one will notice your missing teeth. A dental bridge can help you feel self-confident again when you see the difference in the mirror.
Contact Meadowbrook Family Dental today to schedule a consultation about our dental bridges. We look forward to seeing you.