Whenever possible, we will do our best to save a natural tooth. Unfortunately, sometimes it does become necessary to extract a damaged or severely infected tooth to preserve your overall dental health. When a tooth is lost or extraction is necessary, we will present you with all your options for replacement.
Drs. Charles and Emily Hurley are both skilled restorative dentists, and we pride ourselves on providing high quality restorations to improve both the appearance and function of your smile. We’ll take the time to discuss your goals and review your options so you can feel confident and know that you are making an informed decision about your oral health.
Why Replace a Missing Tooth?
Most patients who come to us seeking assistance with a missing tooth are concerned about their comfort or appearance. While these concerns are both completely valid, as dentists we also feel obligated to let you know that a missing tooth can have a long-term detrimental impact on your overall dental health.
Over time, the gap left by a missing tooth will cause your other teeth to shift slightly. Even small changes can cause major problems with your bite. As your bite changes, more problems will develop. Changes in the way your teeth come together can lead to:
- Pain in your jaw or facial muscles
- TMJ (temporomandibular joint) dysfunction
- Bruxism, or chronic clenching and grinding
- Excessive wear
- Increased tooth mobility
- Additional lost teeth
The best way to avoid these problems is to restore your smile and your bite, and a dental bridge is an excellent, affordable option to help you do so.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a restoration designed to replace one or more missing teeth. The replacement teeth, which are called pontics, are held in place by crowns, which are affixed over either the adjacent healthy teeth or dental implants.
Unlike partial dentures, bridges are permanently fixed in the mouth. We design bridges to look natural and last for years with good care. This care involves a good home oral hygiene routine, including cleaning around the teeth that are supporting the bridge, and regular visits to our Chesterfield dental practice so that we can check your dentistry and make sure that it is in good shape.
What Other Options Are Available?
Bridges are not the only option for replacing missing teeth. We are also happy to discuss individual dental implants and removable prosthetics like partial or complete dentures. We want to make sure that you are happy with your dentistry and can smile with both comfort and confidence.
If you are missing teeth, don’t hesitate any longer. Call Hurley Family Dentistry today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Charles or Dr. Emily Hurley and learn more about the options available to you!