Elliott-Dental-Bridge-IllustrationDental bridges were named for what they do. Bridges span the gap when teeth are lost to trauma or decay. The gaps in teeth can be filled with Bridges.

Bridges create a good cosmetic appearance, but also help other teeth to fit and function better. When a tooth is missing, the remaining teeth will tilt, shift, and drift out of their normal position. The degree of movement varies from case to case, based on the position of the space and the person. Teeth naturally erupt and drift forward, so generally speaking teeth opposite the space will drift forward creating unsightly spaces between teeth, and a twisted “snaggle-tooth” look. In addition to the functional and cosmetic issues that this presents, these teeth are more susceptible to decay or gum disease because they are more difficult to clean around.

The loss of a single tooth can have a major impact on an individual’s health and appearance. In addition to function and cosmetics, teeth depend on each other for support and positioning. All of this movement will ultimately lead to changes in the bite, putting stress on the joints, muscles and teeth. This can lead to difficulties with chewing and even changes in a person’s appearance.

A bridge can restore your teeth to normal function by replacing missing teeth and improve the entire health of your mouth by keeping the surrounding teeth in position and helping to maintain the structure of your face and jaw.

Many options are available to you.