Many potential risks appear when you lose an adult tooth. Just one missing tooth allows the remaining teeth to shift, misalign with lower teeth and begin to wear unevenly. Over the long term, missing one or more teeth can lead to changes in your appearance, the way you speak, and even limit your diet. This is why patients of Merrick Dental Care in Merrick, NY are encouraged to determine if they are a candidate for dental bridges.
Bridges are very similar to their name, and as your dentist in Merrick we will recommend the use of dental bridges as part of restorative dentistry and even as part of a protective preventative measure. Any candidate for dental bridges will be missing several teeth between at least two remaining teeth. Those teeth at either side of the gap must be healthy, as they are going to be used to support that bridge.
It will be fixed in place between the two remaining teeth, and it will provide almost identical function to the original teeth. Made of durable materials, you can use a bridge as you did the original teeth, biting into most foods and speaking naturally. However, to be a good candidate for dental bridges means that those two teeth at either end of the gap have to be in prime condition.
The two anchor teeth will usually be fitted with dental crowns to prevent wear from causing the original teeth to decay. If your teeth are not suitable for receiving dental crowns, our dentists will recommend the use of dental implants. These are permanent replacements for missing or unhealthy teeth, and though they may require a few months to heal before the bridge can be inserted, they will often perform even better than natural teeth.
If you are deemed a good candidate for the use of dental bridges, our team can ensure that no one will ever be able to distinguish the artificial teeth from your natural teeth. Your regular oral hygiene (along with regular checkups and cleanings) will provide all you need in the form of upkeep and care, and you will enjoy many years of service from your bridge.
If you have additional questions about whether you are a candidate for dental bridges, or about any of the other treatments mentioned here, give us a call at our Merrick, NY office at 516-378-1725. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly. Learn about the benefits of dental bridges for more information!