Dental bridges are one way to fill in the space created by a missing tooth. Your dental bridge will be designed to look just like your natural pearly whites, and will take the place of one or more missing teeth.
The sides of a dental bridge use two surrounding teeth for support. The bridge replaces the tooth cosmetically and functionally. You will be able to chew and speak with ease, and smile with confidence again!
Dental bridges require artistry and dental knowledge. If you want to achieve the perfect final fit and look, you can trust Dr. Andy Erickson, DDS. Dr. Erickson provides his patients with beautiful dental crowns that are impressively similar to natural teeth!
What Materials are Used for a Dental Bridge?
The lab we utilize at Jordan Landing Dental Care uses gold alloys, porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all ceramic materials to design bridges. The choice of material that is right for you will depend on the location of the tooth in the mouth. We will keep the necessary strength and aesthetic in mind while we help you create your new smile.
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
It is crucial to replace missing teeth as soon as possible for several reasons.
- Shifting Smile | If left untreated, the remaining teeth will compensate for the gap. They will shift inward, creating a chain reaction. Smiles can become more crooked and more susceptible to bacteria buildup.
- TMJ Pain | Your shifting teeth may result in a changed bite, which can strain the muscles in the jaw. This can cause pain in the temporomandibular joint and a whole range of symptoms including headache and neck pain.
- Gum Disease | Crooked teeth are more likely to hide and accumulate bacteria. This often leads to gum disease, which results in further tooth loss and jaw bone deterioration.
You can replace your missing teeth with a dental bridge before your situation becomes more complicated. We would be happy to offer expert advice at Jordan Landing Dental Care. Call our office today!