When to Consider a Dental Bridge

According to the American College of Prosthodontists, about 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Thanks to the efforts of dental restoration experts like Dr. Larry R. Adams, fewer and fewer people have to face the world with gaps in their smile.

At Dental Care By Design, our goal is to make sure missing teeth don’t create cosmetic or functional problems for our patients in Lacey, Washington. That’s why we offer restorative dentistry options, like dental bridges, to improve your smile and help you regain functionality.

If you’d like to explore dental bridges and are wondering if one could be the solution for you, look no further. We’ve curated this informative guide to help you better understand when to consider a dental bridge. 

Do you have a missing tooth?

A missing tooth can be embarrassing. But outside of cosmetic concerns, a missing tooth (or teeth) can negatively impact your health and ability to communicate. If you’re missing one or more teeth, it may be time to consider a dental bridge.

Teeth are designed to work together as a set. Each tooth has a role to play in your ability to speak and chew properly. Your front teeth help with precision cutting and play an integral role in how you speak. If you’re missing a tooth in this important location, speech and eating may be more difficult. 

Your back teeth are equally important. These teeth aid digestion by grinding up your food before it enters your stomach. When you’re missing back teeth, you can’t adequately masticate the food in your mouth, making it difficult for your digestive tract to extract the nutrients you need to fuel your body.

What’s more, every tooth helps maintain the position of other teeth in your mouth. When you’re missing a tooth, the bone loss that follows can cause your existing teeth to shift out of place, leading to complications and dental problems.

Do you have significant bone loss?

If you’ve been told you have significant bone loss in your jaw and face, a dental bridge could be the right option for you over implants. That’s because patients with substantial bone loss require an extensive bone grafting procedure to safely support an implant. 

The more extensive the grafting procedure, the greater the risk that your body rejects the graft and/or implant. This increases the chances of you developing an infection or more serious dental complications down the line. 

Instead of drilling into bone, the dental bridge bonds to your neighboring teeth. Dr. Adams places a crown over your existing teeth on either side of the affected area. The bridge is made of prosthetic teeth that look and function just like your natural teeth, allowing you to eat, drink, talk, and laugh without worry. 

The best part? With the bridge firmly in place, good oral hygiene, and regular dental care, your existing teeth stay in place so you can avoid more serious problems down the road.

If you’d like to restore your smile and regain function with a dental bridge and are wondering if now is the time to consider one, Dr. Adams and the team at Dental Care By Design can help. Call our office to set up a consultation or request an appointment online now!

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