If you have missing teeth, you know what a nuisance this can be. Gaps left by missing teeth can make it more difficult for you to eat the foods you normally enjoy, they may affect your speech, and they probably make you feel self-conscious about the way your smile looks.
The problems with missing teeth can go even further than that. If you don't fill in the space left by the missing tooth, your other teeth will start to drift toward the gap. This can seriously impact your bite – the way your teeth fit together. As your bite changes, you may develop problems like grinding or clenching. This can lead to further damage, including fractures in your remaining teeth.
As you can see, a missing tooth can set off a chain reaction of dental problems. One of our goals at Beacon Square Family Dentistry is to stop this reaction in its tracks. Filling in the gap is an important part of maintaining your dental health.
You have several options when it comes to missing teeth. Dental bridges are a reliable and affordable way to fill in the spaces in your smile. Technology has advanced to the point where bridges are often indistinguishable from your own natural dentistry. A bridge is comfortable and completes your chewing surface, so you can go back to eating the foods you love without having to worry about discomfort.
Bridges can be held in place using crowns placed over the adjacent teeth or, if you are missing multiple teeth, over dental implants.
We'll discuss your options with you and help you make a decision that is right for your dental health. To learn more, we recommend that you schedule a consultation with one of our Boca Raton dentists. We're ready to help, so just give us a call.