Missing teeth can be an embarrassment and also unhealthy for your smile. Gaps, especially in your front teeth, can make it hard to be confident when you talk, laugh or smile. You do not need to live with missing teeth. Columbia Dental Center has many cosmetic dentistry options to restore your smile to its former glory. One way is with dental bridges that give you permanent new teeth to close those gaps in your grin.
Missing teeth are more than just an aesthetic issue. Once one tooth is gone, a chain of events can begin to occur. The surrounding teeth lose their support and can begin to shift. In time, you may find that straight teeth begin to turn or lean into the missing tooth space. By filling the gap, you are not only improving the look of your smile, you may be preventing further changes to your tooth structure. Plus, you get the benefit of a full set of teeth to enjoy the foods you love and ensure your speech is not affected by gaps in your teeth.
How Dental Bridges Work
A dental bridge is a prosthetic tooth or teeth that is attached to adjoining teeth for support. The prosthetic tooth, called a pontic, is similar to a dental crown. It is formed to look like a natural tooth, and fit perfectly into your bite. The pontic or pontics are attached to crowns that are placed on the teeth on either side of the gap. When completed, you have a beautiful set of white, natural-looking teeth that you will be happy to flash to the world.
Restore your self-confidence when you smile by replacing those missing teeth. It is the best thing you can do for your appearance and oral health. At Columbia Dental Center, we offer beautiful dental bridges as well as other restorative options to replace teeth. Contact us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Leppo to learn more about repairing your smile.