If you have lost one or more teeth, it can be more than just a nuisance when you are eating. Missing teeth can take a toll on both your self-esteem and your oral health. Fortunately, patients in the Dunedin, Florida, area have multiple options at Lepore Comprehensive Dentistry for replacing missing teeth. If you are missing one or more teeth in a row, then a dental bridge may be an excellent tooth restoration option for you.
How dental bridges work
Dental bridges consist of one or more natural-looking, custom-designed false teeth called pontics that “bridge” the gap left by missing teeth. They are anchored by crowns placed on the teeth adjacent to the gap. Dental bridges are an excellent solution for missing teeth that:
- Prevent your other teeth from shifting into the gap
- Keep your bite healthy
- Restore your ability to eat and speak normally
- Boost your self-confidence
Bridges can be made from either porcelain attached to a metal framework or fabricated from one of the modern ceramic materials if you prefer a metal-free option. The adjacent teeth that will be “capped” with crowns to support the bridge will be prepared so the crowns can be placed on them. Then, after taking impressions of your mouth, the bridge will be created to look like your natural teeth so it blends in seamlessly with your smile. Once it is ready, it is permanently bonded with dental cement into your mouth so you can eat your favorite foods and smile without worrying again.
While a bridge is a great option to replace a missing tooth, dental implants also sometimes offer superior long-term results. Dr. Lepore or Dr. Dougherty will discuss which option is best for your unique circumstance.
Call us to learn more
At Lepore Comprehensive Dentistry, we understand the value that a terrific, healthy smile has on all areas of your life. Dr. Lepore or Dr. Dougherty will thoroughly evaluate your teeth and gums before making recommendations on the best tooth replacement options for you. He takes the time to answer any questions you have, discuss the pros and cons of each choice, and learn what you like and don’t like aesthetically so he can custom design your treatment just for you.
Stop hiding your smile, and call us today to learn more about your tooth replacement options! Our Dunedin, FL, office can be reached at (727) 608-4690.