Do you have a tooth that’s been extracted or was lost during an impact injury? Have you decided that it’s time to have it replaced, or at a minimum, that it’s time to start exploring procedures available for your tooth replacement? If you answered “yes,” then the information that follows about dental bridges should be a timely read for you.
You can also make an appointment with our dentist near you for a dental bridge consultation to have all of your questions answered in the comfort and convenience of our Salem dental practice.
Although there are several options available in tooth replacement in addition to dental bridges, such as dental implants and partial dentures, the quickest procedure is a dental bridge. Unlike a dental implant which can take several months (or longer) for the procedure to be completed, a dental bridge can often be completed in as few as two appointments. And, unlike partial dentures, which can be uncomfortable and sometimes embarrassing to wear, a dental bridge is a more comfortable and confident solution.
Our dentist’s approach to dentistry focuses on evidence-based care that always places the patient at the center. As such, Dr. Barasch advises his patients that replacing a missing tooth is important for reasons that we’ll discuss below. Also, he will never force you to decide about one option over another without first providing you with complete information about each procedure’s cost, treatment times, and durability. That way, you’ll have the information you need to make the decision that’s best for you, your lifestyle, and your goals.
Also, when you choose Salem Dental Group to provide your replacement tooth, you’ll learn that we’re committed to providing dental care to all patients, with or without insurance. Dental care shouldn’t be limited due to financial concerns. Our alliance with Lending Club and CareCredit® helps make dental care available for patients who do not have insurance.
It’s easy to imagine how replacing a missing tooth will immediately improve the appearance of your smile and your level of self-confidence. But did you know that getting a dental bridge, implant, or partial denture also has long-term benefits for your health and the appearance of your facial structure?
When you first lose a tooth, you may believe that you’ll be able to manage just fine without it, especially if it was located in the back of your mouth in an area that others can’t easily see. But the changes that slowly occur over time need to be considered since that’s what has the most significant impact on your appearance, oral health, and facial structure.
You see, when a tooth is removed from your mouth, your adjacent teeth no longer have the anatomically designed support to maintain the structural integrity of your remaining teeth. As such, your teeth will begin to shift. And when they shift, gaps will develop between teeth. When this happens, food becomes trapped, leading to discomfort and a place for bacteria to develop into gum disease.
Additionally, when a tooth is not replaced promptly, the facial muscles and bone that were once used as a support around the tooth will begin to atrophy. When this happens, patients experience a hollowed appearance in their cheeks from the wasting away of their jaw bone facial muscles, which many will view as a sign of premature aging.
But the good news is that even if you did not replace your tooth immediately after losing it, it’s never too late to undergo a procedure to prevent the conditions mentioned above from occurring.
For the better part of four decades, Salem Dental Group has provided our patients with the very best in general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry. We build relationships based on the trust that all treatment will be beneficial and done with as much comfort as possible. Whether you’re looking for information on dental bridges, dental implants, or partial dentures, we invite you to make an appointment for a consultation to receive complete information about each procedure’s cost, treatment times, and durability.