Many options are available these days for missing teeth. One popular option that has stood the test of time is the dental bridge. This system uses two crowns placed over the adjacent teeth (or dental implants) to hold a replacement tooth (known as a pontic) in place. The pontic fills in the gap left by the missing tooth and completes the biting surface.
Why is it so important to fill in spaces left by missing teeth?
For one thing, a complete smile is important in today’s society. If you are missing teeth, you have probably already noticed a difference in the way people treat you. It’s unfair, but missing and damaged teeth carry a strong stigma, and others may make unfair assumptions about everything from your personal hygiene to your intelligence. While we agree that this isn’t right, replacing the teeth is the best way to help you retain your social standing and your self-confidence.
Missing teeth also cause problems with your oral health. When other teeth shift and tilt toward the gap, it can throw your bite out of alignment. A misaligned bite is the catalyst for all kinds of dental problems, including temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ or TMD), bruxism (chronic grinding and clenching of your teeth), tooth erosion, and fractures.
When you are missing teeth, your other teeth are at risk, so it’s important to call our office right away to schedule a consultation and discuss your options. For your convenience, our dentist offices are open on Saturdays. Boca Raton and West Palm Beach patients can just call our number and request an appointment, and we’ll work hard to help you fit your care into your schedule.
Bridges are an affordable tooth replacement option, and Drs. Seth and Dari Shapiro are your affordable dentists in Boca Raton and West Palm Beach. Call today to get started!