Dental bridge – a time-tested tooth replacement option in Kennesaw & Tucker, GA
For a long time, mankind has understood that a full set of teeth is essential to an attractive smile, clear speech, oral health, and enjoyment of eating. Throughout dental history those traits have been restored using a dental bridge. Dr. Kay Kalantari offers this sound dental solution at Dentistry at Kennesaw Point in Kennesaw & Tucker, GA.
Why replace missing teeth?
Most people get 32 adult teeth, so why worry if a few are lost, right? Wrong!
- Regardless of the location in the mouth, missing teeth are noticeable to others when you speak, smile, and laugh. That may affect their perceptions about your age, health, and lifestyle.
- Without stimulation from tooth roots, facial bone diminishes, collapsing the lower portion of the face.
- When even one is lost, remaining teeth in the arch shift out of position. Since it is more difficult to keep crooked teeth clean, your risk of developing tooth decay or gum disease increases.
- As you adjust to missing teeth, bite (how upper and lower jaws come together) changes. Otherwise healthy teeth may develop unusual wear, or you could have TMJ problems.
- Missing teeth affect your whole body. You may not be able to eat a well-rounded, nutritious diet, and digestion is affected if you cannot chew properly.
Which dental bridge is best for Kennesaw & Tucker, GA patients?
A traditional dental bridge consists of two crowns that fit over your own prepared teeth, with an artificial tooth (or several) between. The unit is affixed in place for chewing stability. The procedure is similar to getting a crown, and typically requires just two visits.
With an implant-retained bridge, healthy teeth need not be reduced for crowns. This type of bridge restores up to five consecutive missing teeth with just two dental implants as anchor points.
A Maryland bonded bridge has “wings,” which are cemented to the backs of adjacent teeth, rather than using crowns. While dental implants are now used more frequently, a cantilever bridge replaces teeth at the back of the mouth where there is only one adjacent tooth.