Taking Care Of Tooth Loss With A Dental Bridge
Posted August 10, 2016 by Wager-Evans Dental
Tooth loss can be an inconvenience when you try to bite, chew, and speak. It can also cause your self-confidence to take a hit. Over time, trying to accommodate the loss of teeth can leave you with chronic pain in your face and jaw. The most common reason an adult loses teeth is through complications from advanced gum disease, but physical accidents and untreated tooth decay can also cause this to occur. A permanently secured dental prosthetic, like a dental bridge, can help you function like normal when you operate your jaw, while also improving your appearance.
A permanently placed prosthetic will enjoy a strong enough hold to be functional when you attempt to bite and chew foods. This means not dealing with a loose or uncomfortable replacement in addition to restored dental function. A dental bridge receives support from the use of two dental crowns. Each of the teeth adjoining your absence will be fitted with crowns, which will hold the replacement.
Dental implants require a surgical procedure to place, but they offer unique benefits when it comes to holding your dental bridge. The implant eliminates the need to interact with neighboring teeth, so you will not have to place crowns on two healthy teeth. They also help address the problem of deterioration in your jaw, which can occur when you lose teeth (other prosthetics will not address this issue). In addition to a bridge, an implant can hold a single replacement tooth, or several can be used to hold a set of dentures.