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As you may know, if you’re missing a tooth, you could struggle to speak clearly, to eat, and may be embarrassed to smile in public. However, you may not know that if you’re missing a tooth, you could ultimately have to with a wide variety of problems. Fortunately, there are several options you can consider, such as an implant. However, we recommend considering the benefits of a dental bridge as well.

Having a missing tooth can be embarrassing, but did you know it can actually hurt your oral health. Fortunately, there are many restoration options available to you, such as a crown or an implant. However, when considering your options, please don’t forget about dental bridges. A bridge can used restore your beautiful, functional smile.

A traditional bridge has at least one artificial tooth, known as pontics, but can consist of as many as three pontics. These pontics are held in place by the natural teeth on either side of your bridge. These teeth serve as anchors for the bridge, ultimately holding it in place.

The process of getting a bridge will take a couple of appointments. Your teeth that are being restored will be shaped to fit your bridge.

The process of getting a bridge sometimes takes two different dental appointments. During the first appointment, our dentist will prepare your natural teeth—which are known as abutment teeth—to support bridges. During your second appointment, your bridge will be cemented into place.

However, depending on your unique circumstances, our team may recommend a different type of bridge. For example, a cantilever bridge may be used if you only have one natural tooth that can be used as an anchor available. Similarly, our dentist could recommend a bonded bridge, which requires less preparation.

If you are missing teeth, we recommend visiting our dentist as soon as possible. Gaps caused by missing teeth can lead to issues in your mouth, such as shifted teeth, a bad bite, TMJ disorder, and gum disease.

If you have missing teeth, please contact us soon. Our dentist, Dr. Greg Atwood, and our team will assess your smile and recommend a treatment plan unique to you. We will able answer any questions or concerns you may have. To schedule an appointment, please call Atwood Family Dental at 432.337.6165. We are eager to receive your call.