Tooth loss does not necessarily occur with age, but teeth that are lost should be replaced immediately to maintain dental integrity and proper function in your mouth. At the dental office of John S. Ledakis, DDS, PA, we offer dental bridges to replace missing teeth and safeguard the structure of your mouth.
A dental bridge is a device that replaces missing teeth by anchoring to surrounding teeth, which are called abutment teeth. Fixed bridges are permanently adhered into place and cannot be removed, unlike removable bridges. Our patients prefer fixed bridges because they offer greater stability than removable bridges.
Missing teeth can cause your face to sink in, causing it to look aged prematurely. Having lost teeth can also mean that your mouth does not work properly. When teeth are missing, uneven pressure can be placed on your teeth, which could cause them to wear down faster. Shifting can also occur as a result of missing teeth. This causes your lips and mouth to become saggy and can cause problems with proper chewing, speaking, and eating.
Dental bridges are custom-made in a laboratory to ensure a perfect fit appearance-wise and comfort-wise. At the first appointment, the teeth beside the gap are prepared for the procedure. The dental team will remove a small portion of enamel to ensure that the custom-made dental bridge will fit perfectly. A mold of your teeth will be sent to the dental laboratory where the dental bridge is made. Crowns are cemented onto the natural teeth, allowing the bridge to be supported. Thanks to advances in technology, all-porcelain dental bridges can mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. If you are bothered by a missing tooth or gaps in your smile, dental bridges may be a solution for you.
If you have questions about missing teeth, dental bridges, or you want to schedule an appointment at our West Palm Beach dental office, call the office of John S. Ledakis, DDS, PA today.