Do you remember how excited you felt when you lost your first tooth, as a child? Many kids get so excited about being visited by the Tooth Fairy that they may even nudge a few teeth out, to hurry things along. Yet, as adults, few people experience joyous feelings when they lose teeth. Instead, they may feel embarrassed, frustrated, or even concerned. Fortunately, you don’t need magic from a Tooth Fairy to love your smile after tooth loss. Restorative dentistry, like a dental bridge, can help you bounce back, with renewed comfort and confidence!
Don’t Settle for an Incomplete Smile
There are several important reasons to complete the smile after tooth loss, not the least of which is to improve the look of your smile. Other important reasons include:
- When a tooth is lost, nearby teeth often shift trying to fill the created gap. A prosthetic tooth helps to prevent this, by closing the gap. Therefore, prosthetic dentistry can help to preserve remaining teeth’s alignment, helping to prevent further loss of teeth as well as discomfort, associated with misaligned teeth.
- Dental prostheses also help to improve the function of the smile. Missing teeth can make it difficult to chew comfortably, which can eventually lead to poor nutrition, especially if several teeth are missing. A prostheses helps makes meals more enjoyable, and getting proper nutrition more sustainable.
- In some cases, prosthetics can even help to supply nutrients to the jaw, which help to maintain its structure over time. Dental implants are the best way to do this, because implant posts help to mimic the role of a healthy tooth root, by supplying nutrients to the jaw each time one chews. Implants can even be used in conjunction with dental bridges to complete a smile.
What Makes Bridges Unique?
Dental bridges are an effective form of smile completion because they rely on dental crowns to help stabilize a replacement teeth, such as a partial denture. These crowns are either affixed to remaining teeth, or sometimes stabilized using dental implants. Either way, they are permanently attached to the replacement tooth or teeth, in order to complete the smile cosmetically as well as functionally.