Dental Bridge Dentistry For Timonium
In order to chew and speak properly, and to keep teeth in proper alignment, you need all of your teeth. Although tooth loss as we age is not a given, there is no guarantee that a tooth or teeth will never be lost. If this should occur, the lost tooth or teeth must be replaced for the maintenance of a healthy, beautiful smile. Today, there are a number of options to address tooth loss.
For many years, dental bridges have been used in Towson, Pikesville, and beyond, to restore function and a healthy smile after the loss of a tooth or teeth. The bridge, which can be either permanently affixed or removable, consists of two dental crowns and a pontic, or artificial tooth. The dental crowns fit over the teeth adjacent to the gap, called abutment teeth, and the pontic fills the gap left by a lost tooth.
Restore Your Smile With Dental Bridges From Dr. Stephen Haywood
Fixed dental bridges, which are sometimes used in our Baltimore, Maryland area practice, may use two crowns, or may use the dental bonding technique, to affix the artificial tooth directly to adjacent teeth. This type of restorative device is only removable with professional techniques and equipment. A removable bridge, on the other hand, can be removed for at-home or professional cleanings. This device uses metal clasps to attach the artificial tooth to the teeth on each side of the empty space. For the highest degree of stability, the fixed bridge is recommended.
The Benefits of Dental Bridges for Timonium Patients
The two main reasons dental bridges are used for our Pikesville, Towson, and Hunt Valley patients are aesthetics and oral health. When a permanent tooth or teeth are lost, it becomes difficult to chew properly, and the remaining teeth may begin to shift. Should this occur, there is a risk that the smile will be affected, or that the bite may become misaligned and lead to further complications such as TMJ disorder. Not replacing a tooth can also impact facial contours, resulting in the cheeks or lips sinking in and creating an aged appearance.
Oral health is also impacted when a lost tooth is not replaced, with an increased risk of potentially harmful disorders developing from the undue stress and pressure created. Studies have shown that untreated gaps left by missing teeth also significantly increase the risk of gum disease.
Missing Tooth Solutions for Patients in Timonium
We can help you restore normal function and outstanding beauty to your smile. Contact us in the Timonium and Towson area to learn more about dental bridges, or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Stephen Haywood.