So you have missing teeth in your smile. What next? Missing teeth should not be ignored. It is important to seek a dental restoration treatment if you have missing teeth because they don’t just make your smile look less appealing, they can have consequences on the functionality of your mouth as well.
Dental bridges are created to provide relief for missing teeth, and the might just be the right options for your smile. These fixed (non-removable) restorations can improve your oral health whether you are missing one tooth or several in a row.
Today, Dr. Eric Dunn at Willow Creek Family Dentistry is happy to share some insight into the benefits of dental bridges for our patients in Oxford, Ohio struggling with missing teeth.
Problems That Can Arise with Missing Teeth
- You are at a greater risk for gum disease as well as tooth decay.
- Your remaining teeth will shift.
- Your appearance suffers as the gaps stand out.
- Your speech can be affected.
- Your bite can change.
- Your unbalanced bite can cause temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) if your missing teeth are in the back of your mouth causing uneven pressure on your pearly whites.
The good news is a dental bridge will prevent all of the above conditions. A dental bridge is a fixed oral appliance (unlike dentures) that fit snugly into your smile. Bridges are affixed or cemented to remaining teeth or dental implants making them secure restorations providing both stability and security when speaking and chewing.
Although dental implants, partial dentures, and dental bridges can all effectively restore your smile’s function and appearance, depending on your needs, a dental bridge might just be the right option for you.
To find out more about how a dental bridge can restore your smile, we invite you to give our Willow Creek Family Dentistry team a call at 513-523-7541 in Oxford, Ohio, today. Dr. Eric Dunn is excited to help you restore the confident smile you deserve!