Missing teeth can be a major problem that needs to be dealt with. In terms of dental aesthetics, even just one missing tooth can turn a great-looking smile into a poor one. There's also the issue of general functionality of the teeth, as having a few missing teeth can make it very difficult to eat your favorite foods. In order to restore the health and appearance of your smile, the ideal option to consider is visiting a cosmetic dentist to learn about dental bridges. Let's take a moment to look into this effective restorative dentistry solution for missing teeth.
A dental bridge is a set of artificial teeth that is meant to span the gap left behind by a missing tooth or a few missing teeth in a row. The dental bridge is held in place by latching around tooth structure adjacent to the tooth gap. With dental bridges in place, patients will have smiles that look their very best and will also be able to chew as normal.
The best candidates for dental bridges are people who are missing a tooth or a few teeth and have enough healthy tooth structure remaining around the tooth gap to support a dental bridge. Your family dentist will help determine if dental bridges are right for you during the consultation process.
When a person is missing too many teeth for dental bridges to be a viable option, the best treatment to consider is a partial denture. A partial denture is a set of replacement teeth that are held in place by bracing around the gum tissue and remaining jawbone structure. For major tooth loss, full dentures can be used.
One important option to consider for securing dental bridges is the use of dental implants. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed into the bone structure and gum tissue. When in place, they are able to support various kinds of tooth replacements, including dental bridges, dentures, and individual dental crowns. They provide an unparalleled amount of hold and stability.
The ideal candidates for implant-supported dental bridges are people who have enough healthy gum tissue and bone structure in place to support the dental implants. Because the process involves oral surgery, it's important that candidates be in good overall health and that surgeries of any kind will pose no potential health risk.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways that you can have your overall dental health and wellness restored. We'd be more than happy to go over all of these options in greater detail so that you can make the best possible decision about your dental health.
For more information about dental bridges and your many other options for advanced dental care treatment, be sure to contact our Jefferson City dental care practice today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible dental health.