If you are missing just a couple of teeth, you might think it’s not a big deal—particularly if they are in the back of your mouth where they are not all that noticeable to others. But many people do not realize that missing even one tooth puts the rest of your healthy teeth at risk.
We recommend dental bridges to patients of our Indianapolis, IN dental office who are missing teeth, as well as other options. Give Dr. Dane Uhl a call today and find out if you are a good candidate for dental bridges.
The Problem with Missing Teeth
When people are missing a couple of teeth, they still have plenty of other teeth to help them to chew properly, right? This is not really the case. If you have a space in your mouth left by missing teeth, your other teeth will gradually start to shift to fill in that space. Think of a book on a bookshelf that is full of other books. If you pull out that one book, the other books lean and fill in the open space. The same is true for your teeth.
When teeth start moving, your bite is off, and you will place undue wear on your teeth when you are chewing. Over time, this can lead to the loss of more teeth.
A dental bridge stabilizes your teeth by filling in the gap in your mouth. Permanently attached to the teeth (usually crowned) adjacent to the space, it holds your remaining teeth in place. You will be able to chew properly—and protect the rest of the teeth in your mouth.
If you decide against a dental bridge, Dr. Uhl can talk to you about other options.
Call Our Indianapolis Dental Office to Learn More About Dental Bridges and Other Options
You have choices when it comes to replacing missing teeth, and Dr. Uhl can help you determine whether dental bridges, implants, or dentures might be best for you given your lifestyle and budget. Give us a call to make a dental appointment for a consultation!