Dental bridges are an ideal restoration for people who are missing one or more teeth. Dental bridges are used to “bridge” the gap in a smile. Dental bridges are anchored to neighboring teeth by either dental crowns or dental implants.
Bridgework secured by dental implants provides a stronger, more effective restoration. Though a larger investment up front, there are significant long term benefits. Dr. Alexander will help you decide what type of dental bridge is right for you.
It is very important to replace missing teeth promptly. Once a tooth is lost, the bone begins to deteriorate. The longer the area is exposed, the more likely the bone is to suffer significant loss. Exposed gum is also more susceptible to gum disease.
People who are missing teeth usually have difficulty speaking and chewing. Missing teeth are also a source of embarrassment, causing people to hide their smile and avoid social situations. Not many people realize how important teeth are to the appearance of the face. The teeth provide support to the lips and cheeks, without them, the face can sag or droop, giving it an aged appearance.
Alternatives to dental bridges include dental implants and partial dentures.
Schedule an appointment to learn more about options for replacing missing teeth including a dental bridge in our Jacksonville dental office.