Are You Missing One Or More Teeth?
If you or a loved one has experienced tooth loss or severe tooth decay and needs a tooth replacement, it can be difficult to make the final decision on a treatment. We do all we can to guide patients in the direction we feel is best, but ultimately it is up to the patient to make the final decision. One reason patients may struggle with their decision is that they are unfamiliar with the treatment options. Today, we want to take a few moments to explain about getting a dental bridge, a common tooth replacement option. Read on to learn more about dental bridges and why we may recommend this treatment.
What is a Dental Bridge?
If you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, we have a number of tooth replacement options that we may recommend. One in particular is a dental bridge. A dental bridge is an artificial tooth structure that is used to fill in a gap where teeth are missing, have been extracted by a dentist, have experienced severe trauma, or are experiencing severe decay. This treatment uses teeth on either side as supports for the artificial teeth that are being permanently placed in your mouth.
Benefits of a Dental Bridge
When a tooth is missing, a patient can experience a range of complications. They may have difficulty chewing or speaking properly, and they can also experience issues with their self-esteem. A dental bridge is an excellent treatment alternative because not only does it restore the function of the tooth, but it also blends in with the surrounding teeth, for a natural appearance. Other benefits include:
- The ability to chew as you would with natural teeth
- Restored speech, which may have been compromised
- Maintaining your facial structure
- Regaining a confident smile
- Keeping your natural teeth from shifting out of place
If you are interested in learning more about a dental bridge for yourself or a loved one, be sure to contact our office in Houston, TX to schedule an appointment. We look forward to speaking with you soon!