Everyone of your teeth play an important role in your ability to speak, chew and in maintaining proper teeth and jaw alignment. Though oral hygiene for many of us has improved in recent years, tooth decay that causes tooth loss can still occur occasionally.
This is where a dental bridge comes in. Your teeth need form and structure to maintain optimal health, clear speaking patterns and jaw alignment. When teeth are missing, unusual stresses are placed on the gums and other oral tissue causing a number of potentially harmful disorders. Without structure, teeth can rapidly deteriorate and begin shifting to new placement on their own. An increased risk of gum disease has proven to be one of the worst side effects of missing teeth, but can be minimized with a bridge.
Dental bridges are very small devices used to replace missing teeth by attaching artificial teeth to an adjacent natural tooth. Bridges are either permanently attached or they can be removable. They’re used to fill the gap where teeth are absent.
Missing teeth can and should be replaced. Dr. Chen will help you decide which replacement option is right for you.