Losing a tooth can be devastating. Not only can it impact your ability to eat and speak normally, but it affects your appearance, and subsequently, your confidence. Tooth loss can stop you from smiling and hinder your desire to socialize.
At Fioritto Family Dental, we understand the lasting trauma of tooth loss, which is why we’re pleased to offer a variety of treatment options to restore oral function and an attractive smile. Although dental implants are the gold standard in tooth replacement, you may not be a good candidate for this treatment for a number of reasons.
Don’t fret – there is a viable and cost-effective alternative. With a dental bridge, crowns are anchored to adjacent natural teeth to fill the space left behind by one or more missing teeth. How do bridges work? What are the benefits of choosing a bridge following tooth loss?
Building a Reliable Bridge
Bridges work by utilizing the strength of remaining natural teeth to hold a crown in place. Crowns are made to mimic the missing tooth or teeth, completing your smile and ensuring a firm base to restore oral function such as chewing. This is accomplished by first placing crowns over abutment teeth, or the healthy teeth located on either side of the gap.
The crowns placed over these teeth act to anchor the third crown in between, the one replacing the missing tooth. This creates a solid foundation that ensures your new false tooth won’t wiggle or pop out of place when you’re chewing, laughing, or speaking. You can feel secure knowing that the bridgework used to close the gap in your smile is a strong, and durable fixture in your mouth.
Dental bridges can last up to fifteen years or longer. In order to ensure the greatest longevity, you’ll need to subscribe to a proper regimen of care. This begins with good oral hygiene, including daily brushing and flossing and regular checkups with our dentists.
It requires that you avoid potentially harmful activities like using your teeth as tools (to open packages, cut string, etc.), and if you suffer from bruxism, you must wear your night guard diligently. At Fioritto Family Dental, we want you to have the best possible experience when a dental bridge is placed, and maintaining good oral health is the key.
Benefits of a Dental Bridge
There’s no reason to let tooth loss take a toll on your life. Bridges are an affordable option that allow you to regain function and restore your beautiful smile. A gap in your teeth can impact your ability to eat and speak, lead to tooth movement and malocclusion, and prove detrimental to your self-esteem.
With a beautiful and functional bridge from Fioritto Family Dental, you can get back to living your best life with confidence. Contact our experienced dentists today at 440-951-5511 or reach out to us online to schedule an appointment.