When you have one or more missing teeth, the idea of replacing them can become daunting. While the choice may be intimidating, it is important for a your tooth or teeth to be replaced. A missing tooth not only lives a visual void in your smile’s appearance, but it can also impact your smile’s abilities. Chewing, biting, and sometimes even speaking can all become problematic after even just one lost tooth. A dental bridge is a dental restoration that acts structurally similarly to an architectural bridge. A dental bridge fills in the gap between two teeth by anchoring onto the surrounding teeth. When is a dental bridge the right restoration for you and your smile?
Your Tooth Loss Is Adjacent
A good reason to choose a dental bridge is if it addresses your particular pattern of tooth loss. A bridge can accommodate one missing tooth or two to three missing teeth in a row. If you have missing teeth that are not adjacent to each other, a partial denture may be a better choice for your smile. A bridge can be anchored by two healthy teeth on either side of the gap. A bridge can also be anchored by crowns on implants. Your dentist can help determine the best course of action for your smile’s needs.
You Worry About A Shifting Smile
An missing tooth in your smile may cause the teeth that are still present to move. Your natural teeth may begin very slowly and incrementally shifting into the opening left behind by the missing tooth. A dental bridge can act as a placeholder for the missing tooth, which can help prevent shifting by the other teeth.
You Want To Restore Your Smile
A gap in your smile may make you feel self-conscious. It may also limit the foods you feel comfortable eating. Depending on the location of the missing tooth or teeth, it may also contribute to a speech impediment. Replacing your teeth can restore your mouth’s important abilities.
Is a bridge right for your smile?
Ask Dr. Jones or Dr. Harris if a dental bridge is right for you. Schedule a consultation at Mansfield Dental Associates by calling 817-473-6227. Located in Mansfield, TX, we also welcome patients and families from all surrounding communities including South Arlington, Kennedale, Southeast Ft. Worth, Alvarado, Midlothian, and more.