We are fortunate to live in a time when we have multiple options for replacing teeth when they must come out. However, there are some tooth replacement options that are more desirable than others, and it seems that most adults in the Virginia Beach area are opting for permanent solutions like dental bridges.
Dental bridges, in comparison to removable partial dentures, seem to be more comfortable and functional because they don’t have to be taken in or out of the mouth. Dental bridges are securely cemented onto the permanent teeth on each side of the missing tooth. This provides you the freedom to chew comfortably and confidently, no matter the texture of your food choices.
In addition to the stability during chewing, the dental bridge doesn’t require nightly maintenance or periodic adjustments like a removable partial denture. The bridge is simply brushed with a regular toothbrush and toothpaste along with your natural teeth. There is a slight modification to your flossing technique, however, so your dentist will show you how to slide the floss under the bridge to clean every surface. Besides that, the bridge is designed in such a way that you will practically forget where it is.
In areas of the mouth where there are no natural teeth available to anchor the bridge, the dentist might use dental implants to achieve the same permanent result. Two or more dental implants can be placed into the jaw bone to provide a strong anchor for a multi-tooth dental bridge. This works exceedingly well in the back of the mouth where we commonly see missing molars and often lack enough teeth to support a traditional bridge.
Choosing to replace a missing tooth is the smartest way to prevent the deterioration of your oral health. It’s the best way to ensure that you can still chew and speak in a manner that is comfortable and natural. Talk to a Virginia Beach dentist today and learn more about your tooth replacement choices today.