A missing tooth is more than just a cosmetic problem. While appearance is definitely an issue, a missing tooth will also cause discomfort and pain when chewing, as well as changes to the way in which you bite. Whether you’ve lost a tooth from an injury, natural causes or a medical condition, a common solution is a dental bridge.

If this is something you are considering, it is first important to understand exactly what a dental bridge is to determine if this is a suitable option for you. It is essentially a replacement tooth that will fill the gap where your original tooth is now missing to help create a natural appearance while helping to restore your other teeth at the same time. It is an ideal solution for anyone who loses a tooth or for someone that has a gap that is causing their other teeth to become loose.

There are different types of bridges and your dentist will help determine which type is best for you. The most common type is a traditional bridge and this includes one or more false teeth that are held in place with crowns that are cemented to the teeth surrounding the one that is missing. The second option is a cantilever bridge and this is only a solution if there is only one tooth next to the missing one because it will be supported by a crown on one side only. Another option is an implant supported bridge and this is the option a dentist will use when the patient has more than one tooth that is missing. Implants will be used to hold the bridges in place and they will help secure it to your jawbone for increased stability.

Preparation and placement of a dental bridge is a very simple procedure that is accomplished in two appointments. The bridge is permanently cemented in and is not removable. The end result is very natural and feels like you own teeth.

One of the most appealing aspects of a dental bridge is the recovery aspect, which is very minimal. Most patients are able to eat normally right away and it’s very rare that a person has trouble adapting to their bridge. The end result is always a beautiful smile that the patient is a lot more confident with.

If you’re ready for a beautiful smile, contact Slipacoff Dental in Sarnia today. Whether you need a dental bridge, dental crowns, invisible braces, teeth implants, veneers or teeth whitening, they do it all, so call and book an appointment now!