If you have one or more missing teeth, you’re not alone. At least 120 million Americans are in the same boat. And while gap-toothed grins are adorable when seen on little children, missing teeth are no longer cute once you’re an adult.
Not only can missing teeth be embarrassing, but they can affect your ability to eat and communicate and lead to an increased risk of significant dental complications, including:
- Jaw strain from misalignment
- Shifting among your remaining teeth
- A compromised bite
- Changes to your appearance
- Issues with dental hygiene
- Increased risk of infection and gum disease
Thanks to the efforts of dental restoration experts, like the team at Fresh Dental Care, you no longer have to face the world with gaps in your smile.
At our five locations in the Houston, Texas, area, we use restorative options, including dental bridges, to improve your smile, restore your dental health, and regain function.
Understanding dental bridges
Dental bridges are prosthetics containing one or more replacement teeth placed between two of your natural teeth. There are various options, and the bridge that’s right for you depends on many factors, including the location of your missing teeth.
Most often, bridges are constructed using crowns as support. Your Fresh Dental Care provider places crowns on the teeth adjacent to the gap left by your missing teeth. The crowns anchor the false teeth in place, with your provider cementing your bridge to the crowns.
Dentists have used bridges for decades to address the issues caused by missing teeth.
Benefits of dental bridges
When you come to Fresh Dental Care for a restoration procedure, your provider evaluates your teeth, jaws, and gums, then talks to you about the best options for your teeth and overall oral health.
Many patients choose dental bridges because of the benefits they offer, including these five:
- The process can be completed in a few weeks
- Bridges are usually covered by insurance, making them a more affordable option
- No surgery or bone grafting is required
- Getting a bridge generally only requires two office visits
- Bridges can help those with underlying conditions (like diabetes) or significant bone loss
It’s also important to know that at Fresh Dental Care, we create a bridge made of prosthetic teeth that look and function like your natural teeth. With your bridge in place, you can eat, talk, drink, and laugh without worry!
Restore your smile and reclaim your dental health and function with a dental bridge. Schedule an appointment at Fresh Dental Care by calling the Houston area location most convenient for you.