Losing a tooth may not always seem like a big deal, especially if it’s not in the front of your smile. However, even the loss of an inconspicuous tooth can spell trouble for the teeth that remain. Since permanent human teeth don’t grow back after being extracted or lost to dental disease/trauma, replacing them is essential to maintaining your mouth’s full ability to bite, chew, and enunciate your words. To help preserve your bite’s function, and therefore your quality of life, your dentist may be able to save your smile with a dental bridge, preferably one supported by dental implants.
Lost Teeth Can Destroy Your Smile
If you choose to allow your smile to remain gapped after losing a tooth, your remaining teeth can shift towards the open space, creating an imbalance in your bite that can negatively affect your oral health. For instance, the uneven pressure of a crooked bite can excessively wear down certain teeth. The stress of keeping your mouth straight while you eat and speak can damage the joints (TMJs) and muscles that move your jaw, leading to TMJ disorder. Replacing the lost teeth with a dental bridge closes the gap and helps prevent the dental migration and damage that often follows tooth loss.
How an Implant Bridge Works
As the name suggests, a dental bridge closes the gap left in your smile by one or more consecutive missing teeth. Consisting of a dental crown on either side of your replacement teeth, a custom-designed dental bridge is secured by placing these crowns on the teeth adjacent to the gap, called abutment teeth. When supported by dental implants, the bridge can be secured to the implant posts rather than your healthy teeth, helping you avoid the need to modify the natural teeth that remain.
Save Your Smile with a Dental Bridge
If you’ve lost one or several teeth, then find out if an implant bridge can save your smile and improve your quality of life. To learn more, or to schedule a dental implant consultation, call Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, today at (469) 732-1987. We also proudly serve patients from Navarro County, TX, and the surrounding communities, including Corsicana, Mildred, Eureka, Ennis, Fairfield, Teague, Blooming Grove, Dawson, Hubbard, Hillsboro, Mexia, Groesbeck, Kerens, Malakoff, Rice, Centerville, Buffalo, and Athens.