Bridges are a common procedure in the dentistry world– let’s see if they are right for you.
When you hear the word “bridge” what comes to mind? Probably a bridge over a body of water, right? However, when you work in the dental industry, hearing “bridges” brings to mind a dental product! Here at Kotis Family Dentistry, bridges are a type of procedure that are commonly performed on patients in and around Statesville, North Carolina.
When you have a tooth that is badly decayed or has been repaired so many times that it no longer has much structural integrity, it might be time to remove that tooth, or at least a good portion of it. A bridge is a device that supplies a false tooth by securely fixing it to the teeth immediately surrounding it. In simpler terms, the intact teeth act as a bridge for the false tooth that is in the middle.
Bridges are a great way to keep your smile and mouth health intact. Even with one missing tooth, you can have a shift in your teeth that can lead to other problems with eating or even just with your speech. A bridge allows for you to keep up your normal speech and also can even prevent the loss of bone in the area where your tooth was removed.
If you have learned that you have a tooth that will need to be removed, be sure to ask your dentist if you are a good candidate for bridges to replace your tooth. You’ll need to have intact teeth on either side, which need to be in good shape, as well as some other conditions. For information about bridges, give us a call here at Kotis Family Dentistry today.