Missing teeth can make your smile look less attractive and impair your overall oral health. At Daren W. Evans DDS Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Evans and his team of dental professionals provide their patients with high-quality bridges that can replace missing teeth, improve the aesthetic appearance of your smile, and enhance your oral health. To get started, book an appointment at their Austin, Texas, clinic by calling the office or booking online.
A bridge is a classic solution for replacing a missing tooth or teeth. It’s a fixed oral prosthetic that your dentist permanently bonds to your smile, where it fills in the empty space where you’re missing a tooth with a fake tooth called a pontic.
Your bridge is built from an impression of your smile, so it looks and functions just like your natural tooth, giving you a newly restored smile that feels just like the real thing.
A traditional bridge is composed of a pontic and two crowns. The crowns are attached to either side of the pontic and are bonded to your abutment teeth, which are the teeth adjacent to your missing tooth or teeth.
If your abutment teeth can’t support crowns, your dentist can restore your smile with an alternative bridge, like a cantilever bridge or a Maryland bonded bridge.
A cantilever bridge holds your pontic in place with only one crown, while a Maryland bonded bridge uses a wire or ceramic framework that’s sealed to the backside of your abutment teeth.
Missing teeth negatively impact the aesthetics and health of your smile. On the aesthetic side, a missing tooth or teeth leave an unsightly hole in your smile, which can make you self-conscious and less comfortable smiling or laughing.
A bridge fills in that missing hole, restoring your self-esteem and giving you a smile that you’re proud to share.
When you’re missing a tooth or teeth, it also affects the health of your smile. Your mouth was designed to have all of its teeth working together in harmony, and a missing tooth throws off that delicate balance.
In some patients, their remaining teeth might begin to drift toward the empty space, which can significantly affect the alignment of their smile.
A misaligned smile can lead to a number of health problems, including excessive wear and tear on your teeth and jaw problems like TMJ disorders. By filling in that empty space, a bridge restores the natural order of your smile and improves your overall oral health.
To learn more about how to restore your smile with a bridge, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.