All of your teeth play an important role in speaking, chewing and in maintaining proper alignment of other teeth. Tooth loss doesn’t necessarily have to occur as you age, but if you do lose teeth, it is important that they are replaced as soon as possible to maintain proper function of your mouth. Missing teeth can alter your speech, cause you to look older, place usual stress on the remaining teeth, and increase the likelihood of gum disease.
A bridge is a device used to replace missing teeth by attaching an artificial tooth “bridge” to the adjacent healthy teeth. Bridges are fixed (permanently attached) so they offer stability and security. Since your bridge will rely heavily on the condition of the adjacent teeth, it is of utmost importance that those teeth be kept clean and healthy. Regular brushing, flossing and dental visits will ensure that your bridge lasts.
Do you have questions about bridges? Call our office at The Dental Docs Phone Number 619-297-2949.