Are all your teeth in their proper positions and do you have an entire set? Even if you’re only missing a single tooth, it is enough to disrupt your entire smile and set back your oral health care. It is important to have a missing or lost tooth replaced with a tooth prosthetic as soon as possible. Various methods include dentures, dental implants, and dental bridges.
If you are in need of a dental bridge, also known as a fixed partial denture, understand that they are permanent prosthetics designed to greatly enhance your smile. They work by attaching themselves to nearby teeth for a durable hold that can both improve the aesthetics of your smile and its function. If you have any impaired speaking, eating, or chewing skills caused by missing teeth, dental bridges are highly effective for restoring those lost functions.
If you choose not to replace missing teeth, you could suffer further oral ailments. This includes a decrease in oral hygiene due to the presence of plaque and other substances that can easily pool in the areas where missing teeth once laid. Furthermore, missing teeth can weaken your jaw, cause gum destabilization, promote issues with bite instability, and lead to tooth slippage. If you have any missing teeth, speak with your dentist about the possibility of a dental bridge treatment.
If you would like an oral exam for dental bridges with Dr. Steven Rodriguez and the rest of our team here at Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Lansing, please set an appointment to come see us at our dentist office in Lansing, Michigan. We can be reached at 517-333-3160.