• Your remaining teeth can start migrating to fill the gap. That puts them out of proper alignment, which can badly affect your bite. • Teeth out of alignment will wear more quickly. • A gap left long enough will cause the nearby bone to deteriorate, because that missing tooth root keeps the bone together and strong. • A shrinking jawbone will change the shape of your face and give you a more aged look. • A gap left long enough can cause the teeth to lean and can sometimes lead to potential TMJ problems.
What is a bridge?
Bridges are false teeth suspended between two other teeth which are crowned for the purpose. There are three kinds:
• Traditional bridges – consisting of the artificial tooth attached to a crown on each side. The neighboring teeth must be given these crowns, whether they need them or not, to provide support for the artificial tooth. • Maryland bonded bridges – also called a resin bonded bridge, consisting of a metal framework with "wings" that are bonded to the adjacent teeth. Because less preparation is needed for the abutting teeth, these bridges are less expensive than traditional bridges but are not as strong. • Cantilever bridges – utilized when there are teeth on only one side of the space to be filled with a bridge.
Bridges are not removable like dentures and with proper care, can last up to ten years or longer.
Dr. Matin has been specially trained in creating and placing dental bridges at the leading Las Vegas Institute. Contact her today to schedule your initial consultation – your first step to a healthier and more beautiful smile.
For more information, or if you'd like to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at 503-690-0400.
Have you ever noticed someone else's gorgeous smile and wondered how you could improve yours too? Dr. Laura Matin and her staff are here to help you achieve your ideal smile. With today's advances in porcelain veneers, tooth whitening and implant dentistry, we can make a real and dramatic difference in the way you look and the way you feel about your smile. We also offer general dentistry to your whole family. Call us today.