Dental bridge of 3 teeth over molar and premolar. Medically accurate 3D illustration of human teeth treatmentWhile there are a number of adults who are fortunate to maintain a lifelong smile, there is still a number that are not, often enduring structural loss. What’s more, once a tooth must be removed, your chances of losing other surrounding structures increases drastically, caused by factors such as decay, infection, and more. In today’s blog, your Leawood, KS dentist not only wants to address the concerns that arise from missing teeth but provides a solution that can complete your smile once again with the use of a dental bridge.

Adjacent Structures

Whenever you receive an injury such as a bruise, do you notice how the surrounding tissues also experience sensitivity even though that might not be where the injury took place? A similar situation arises when you lose a tooth. We often experience a dental loss due to a factor such as severe infection or decay that not only targets the structure itself but the surrounding tissues as well. This means that even though the tooth has been extracted, the harmful bacteria that caused the damage may still be lurking in the gums and surrounding teeth, ready to infect and cause more damage. When this occurs, you may lose multiple teeth in a row, riddling your smile with an extended gap. What’s more, you may not be out of the woods yet following an extraction, as bigger concerns can arise from a missing structure. Instead, your dentist can recommend bridging the gap to not only restore your smile but restore its function as well.

Completing Your Grin

A dental bridge is comprised of one or more crowns representing a pontic that is meant to essentially bridge or span the gap from multiple missing teeth. They are designed to replace lost teeth with a highly lifelike appearance, also aiding in restoring your bite’s function by providing a strong and sturdy set of structures with the ability to absorb the pressure of your bite. Not only can they be created and secured with dental cement or adhesive, but they can also be tailored to be implant-retained, meaning the restoration will securely click into place with your dental implants. For more information, contact our team today.

Restoring Your Bite Function

One of the major reasons to consider restoring your smile is to aid in its overall function. For example, when you are missing a tooth, your bite readjusts to accommodate the missing structure and thus causes unevenness. This unevenness can then result in strain, difficulty biting and chewing, and even significant pain if left untreated. With a dental bridge, your bite will be able to evenly endure the pressure of your bite once again, adding that extra level of comfort.

Visit Our Office

For more information about dental bridges or to schedule your visit with our office, contact Dreem Dentistry in Leawood, KS by calling 913-681-5500 today.