Although dental implants are the strongest replacement for missing teeth, not everyone is a good candidate.
According to your Delray Beach Dentist, Dr. George Sanchez, some people may require surgery, and although it is an option, some patients just don’t want to undergo a sinus lift or bone grafting. Thankfully, there are options for missing teeth, such as dental bridges, that don’t require surgery.
Dental Bridges for Missing Teeth
Dr. George explains that a restorative dental bridge literally bridges the gaps left by the missing tooth.
Referred to as a pontic by the professionals, a dental bridge is kept in place by the teeth that lie on either side of the missing tooth. These are called abutment teeth. Pontics, or artificial teeth, are manufactured from gold, porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal.
While there are four types of dental bridges, tradition, Maryland, cantilever, and implant support dental bridges, traditional dental bridges are the most common.
Why You Need Dental Bridges for Missing Teeth
Missing teeth affect the way you eat and how you talk. Missing teeth can also alter the shape of your face. Even a single lost tooth can change your bite and the way you smile. Your remaining teeth will also adjust to the missing space affecting your bite. This could cause problems with your jaw joints.
If you have a missing tooth, you probably are not getting the proper nutrition you need either. Because it’s tough to eat nutritious foods, such as a healthy salad or a juicy steak, you will not be getting the vitamins and minerals you need. If you have a missing tooth or teeth when was the last time you enjoyed a Granny Smith?
There is Always a Solution for Missing Teeth
Missing teeth cause problems for remaining teeth and gums. A lost tooth can also cause issues for the rest of your body, but there is always a solution. Whether you are the perfect candidate for dental implants, or would prefer a dental bridge, Dr. George and his team are ready to transform your smile.
If you would like more information regarding dental bridges or dental implants for missing teeth, call or click and schedule a no obligation consultation with Dr. George Sanchez.
Your dentist in Delray Beach is ready to make you smile again. Call for a no obligation consultation today.