Replacing Missing Teeth in Austin
If you are missing one or more teeth, you should talk to your dentist about what options exist for replacing those teeth. Missing teeth don’t just interfere with chewing food – they can also affect the way you speak and throw your bite off. In fact, if you’re missing teeth and don’t replace them, other existing teeth can shift in place, which can lead to a whole host of other problems. Whether you’re missing one tooth or several teeth, a dental bridge is one solution for restoring your entire smile to health, function and an attractive appearance. We are pleased to offer dental bridges as one of the many services we provide to our Austin, TX, area patients.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is used to “bridge the gap” left by a missing tooth or teeth. A bridge is typically made up of false teeth (called “pontics”) held together by a wire frame. The frame fits snugly over the existing teeth on either side of the gap left behind by missing teeth, which are usually fitted with dental crowns.
What are the Benefits of a Dental Bridge?
If you choose not to have your missing teeth replaced, a host of issues can arise after your remaining teeth shift in place to fill in the gap left behind by your missing teeth – problems such as biting pain, crooked teeth, bone loss, decay, and TMJ (jaw) pain. A bridge can help to avoid these issues by doing the following:
- Restores the appearance of your smile
- Restores your ability to bite and chew comfortably
- Restores your ability to speak clearly
- Keeps healthy teeth in their natural positions, preventing them from shifting
- Supports your facial structure
If you are missing teeth, talk to your dentist about dental bridges and other dental appliances that can replace your missing teeth.
Contact Our Office
To schedule an appointment at our Austin, TX, office, or to find out more information about dental bridges, call us today.