It’s important to replace missing teeth. If you suffer from gaps in your grin, plaque and bacteria will have extra places to accumulate and cause dental damage. Without a full smile, your remaining teeth can drift out of alignment, and start striking each other at improper angles. A complete smile allows you to eat and speak properly and is better for your self-esteem. You can find the dental care you need at our location here in Midlothian, VA.
There are three common ways to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are very popular, but some people are not good candidates for implants, or may not want to undergo the necessary surgery to have them placed. Dentures are an easy way to solve the problem however some people find them bulky or uncomfortable. If this is the case for you, a dental bridge may be a great compromise.
A dental bridge can replace a single tooth, or several teeth in a row. A bridge is made up of one or more prosthetic teeth that are attached to dental crowns. Those crowns are cemented on the teeth on each end of the gap. Once it is in place, it can last for many years. However, you need to continue to take care of your teeth, even with a bridge in place. The teeth that are covered by the crowns need to be kept in good shape, and your gums need to be healthy to support your crowns. You need to brush your teeth and your bridge twice a day for two minutes at a time. You should continue to floss once a day. You may find it difficult to floss around the bridge. If that is the case for you, try using a water flosser or floss threader.
If you are ready to restore your smile, our dentist will be happy to help. To make an appointment for a dental bridge in Midlothian, VA, call 804-639-7500 today to start planning your visit.