Dental Bridges Candidates
By Steven Kail on September 06, 2012
Missing teeth can have a major effect on your overall dental health as well as the appearance of your smile. Gaps between teeth can be unsightly and leave you feeling self-conscious in the extreme. In addition, missing teeth can result in gum recession, bone loss, and misalignment of your missing teeth if the issue is not addressed in a timely fashion. That's why many people meet with a Bells cosmetic dentist. Getting missing teeth replaced means great improvement of dental health and aesthetics.
One option for replacing missing teeth is dental bridges. Let's take a quick look at dental bridges and why they just might be the best option for you and your dental health needs.
About Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are dental appliances that replace multiple missing teeth. When in place, they will fill in tooth gaps and give you a smile that looks natural, is totally functional, and is exceptionally healthy. Our Tennessee cosmetic and restorative dentists will ensure that your dental bridges look just like your natural teeth when in place.
How Dental Bridges Work
Dental bridges are held in place by bracketing around your remaining tooth structure. By bracing around remaining teeth, the dental bridge will fill the gap and be held securely in place while doing so. This differs from dentures, which are held in place by snugly pressing around your bone structures and gum tissue.
General Candidacy for Dental Bridges
Ideal candidates for dental bridges are people who have multiple missing teeth but enough remaining teeth to support a bridge. Dental bridges are good for patients who are missing a single tooth or a few teeth.
Implant-Supported Dental Bridges
Another important consideration for dental bridges is the use of dental implants. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically anchored into a person's jawbone and gum tissue structures. When in place, they provide an extremely secure hold that is comparable to a person's natural tooth roots.
Because surgery is involved, ideal candidates for implant-supported bridges are people who are in good overall health. They should not suffer from any sort of medical condition that would make surgery of any kind risky. These candidates should also have sufficient jawbone density and gum density to support the dental implants.
Other Options/Alternatives for Replacing Missing Teeth
In addition to dental bridges and dentures, patients are also able to get dental crowns to replace individual missing teeth. These Bells dental crowns are held in placed with dental implants, so candidacy for implant dentistry will apply when considering this option for tooth replacement. When it comes to making this decision, it'll be important to take all of the structures of your mouth into account and to really consider how best your dental care needs can be met.
Learn More About Cosmetic and Restorative Dental Care
If you would like more information about your many options for cosmetic and restorative dental care, be sure to contact our Bells cosmetic dentistry center today. We will perform a comprehensive examination to determine how best your dental health needs can be met. We look forward to your visit and the discussion that we will have.
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