Lost teeth can cause several problems. The first is obviously cosmetic. Missing teeth can make you feel self-conscious and less confident. Not only will missing teeth make you feel uncomfortable in social situations, but the condition can hamper your professional appearance. Missing teeth can cause problems with eating and speaking, and the space in your mouth can give your remaining teeth room to drift out of alignment, which can cause them to strike one another at odd angles. That can cause tooth damage and decay. Finally, missing teeth can allow bacteria to accumulate on your gums.
An effective solution for missing teeth is a dental bridge. When your dentist places a bridge in your mouth, he will remove part of the tooth on each side of the gap. These teeth will be covered by crowns, which will hold the bridge in place. The bridge is custom made in a lab to accommodate your the shape of the your mouth and teeth.
A bridge is a good replacement option for those people who are not good candidates for dental implants. While implants are very popular tooth replacements, they are not for everyone. Your dentist may suggest that you replace missing teeth with a bridge, rather than implants if your gums are not healthy, if you do not have enough jawbone to support an implant, or you are a heavy tobacco user. A bridge may be a good idea if you have certain medical conditions, or cannot commit to a good oral health routine.
If you are missing teeth, and would like to talk about options for restoring your smile, our dentist, Dr. Brett Langston would love the chance to talk with you. If you live in the Decatur, Georgia area, give us a call today at (404) 321-4588 to make an appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon!