Most dentistry looks like dentistry. Our goal is to provide dentistry that is undetectable. Where damage to a person’s teeth is extreme, and apparently beyond repair, we can use porcelain or porcelain “fused to gold” or Zirconia crowns to make the smile appear “as new”. This is an extremely reliable technique for repairing the most severe teeth problems, even permanently replacing missing teeth to offer a complete smile and a functional bite.
MISSING TEETH MUST BE REPLACED TO MAINTAIN PROPER FUNCTION OF YOUR MOUTH
All of your teeth play an important role in speaking, chewing and in maintaining proper alignment of other teeth. Tooth loss doesn’t necessarily have to occur as you age, but if you do lose teeth they must be replaced to maintain proper function of your mouth. Fortunately, there are options for correcting tooth loss.
Dental Bridge Option
A bridge — a device used to replace missing teeth — attaches artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, called abutment teeth. Bridges are either permanently attached (fixed bridges), or they can be removable.
A bridge (fixed partial denture) is a device which fills the gap where teeth are absent. Fixed bridges are bonded into place. Removable bridges, as the name implies, can be taken out and cleaned. Fixed bridges offer more stability than their removable counterparts.
Oral functionality and appearance are important reasons for wearing a bridge. A bridge helps support your lips and cheeks. The loss of a back tooth may cause your mouth to sink and your face to look older.
Dental health is the most important reason for a bridge. Teeth were designed to complement each other. Unusual stresses are placed on the gums and other oral tissues when teeth are missing, causing a number of potentially harmful disorders.
Increased risk of gum disease has proven to be one of the worst side effects of missing teeth and can be minimized with a bridge.