Whether due to injury or poor oral hygiene, many people find themselves losing a permanent tooth. In fact, currently over 178 million adults in the United States are missing at east one permanent tooth. Fortunately, a number of options exist for replacing a lost tooth and returning your smile to optimal health and beauty. Livonia general dentist, Dr. James Stewart, explains how a dental bridge provides secure and lifelike tooth replacement.
Try Our Dental Bridge Quiz
1. True or False: Losing a tooth can cause misalignment.
2. True or False: A dental bridge replaces one or more teeth.
3. True or False: A dental bridge looks natural.
4. True or False: A dental bridge provides years of quality restoration.
How Did You Do?
1. True. When you lose even a single tooth, the surrounding teeth may soon drift towards the open gap in your smile. Misalignment causes discomfort and has a negative impact on the appearance of your smile. In addition, uneven smiles provide a number of hiding places for bacteria, increasing the risk of tooth decay or gum disease.
2. True. A dental bridge consists of an artificial tooth with dental crowns on each side. The crowns will be placed on the natural teeth on either side of the gap in your smile. The crowns anchor the dental bridge into place, allowing you to eat and smile with confidence and ease.
3. True. Your Livonia general dentist will take impressions of your teeth, which will be used at a dental lab to design and fabricate your new dental bridge. Once complete, Dr. Stewart will check the fit and make any necessary adjustments. He will then place the bridge using a powerful adhesive.
4. True. On average, a dental bridge lasts between 10 and 15 years and may require sporadic adjustment.
About Your Livonia General Dentist
James Steward, DDS, and our compassionate staff proudly serve patients of all ages from Livonia, Farmington Hills, Plymouth, Northville, Dearborn Heights, Garden City, and all surrounding communities. To schedule a cosmetic consultation, call our office today at (734) 425-4400.