Do you have multiple missing teeth? Are your lost teeth impacting your bite? A dental bridge can help restore your lost teeth and the natural function of your bite. Bridges are dental restorations that use false teeth or dental implants to replace missing teeth. Dr. Jennifer Kalochie collaborates with her patients with missing teeth to provide comprehensive dental bridge treatment in Yardley, PA. She can also work with patients who have removable or traditional bridges to provide permanent tooth replacement solutions with dental implants.
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
Even one missing tooth can increase your likelihood of developing further oral health problems. Patients with multiple lost permanent teeth often experience:
- Facial sagging
- Further bone loss
- Shifting teeth
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Tooth and gum pain
- Uneven bites
If you have missing teeth and experience pain or discomfort, please call Dr. Kalochie for treatment. She will examine your smile to help determine the right restoration for your specific needs. It is essential to replace permanent missing teeth sooner than later. Over time, teeth can shift to fill in space left by the lost teeth. Food debris can also get stuck in the missing tooth socket, leading to tooth decay and gum disease.
Types of Dental Bridges
There are two main types of dental bridges:
Traditional Fixed Bridges
A traditional bridge is made of false teeth that are held in place by adjacent natural teeth. Dental crowns cover these adjacent teeth to keep the bridge in place. A fixed dental bridge is a quick and efficient way for patients to replace missing teeth. However, this type of bridge does not support the health of the teeth or gums.
Dental implants stabilize dental bridges without the need to cover natural teeth. Once the titanium implant posts are placed in the jaw bone, they heal to become a permanent part of the smile. After the implants heal, Dr. Kalochie can attach the dental bridge. Implant-supported dental bridges last much longer than traditional bridges. They also allow patients to bite and chew comfortably.
Schedule a Dental Consultation
Do you want to replace multiple missing teeth with a dental bridge? Request a dental appointment or call Dr. Kalochie at 267.592.3552. If you have questions or concerns about your treatment, let Dr. Kalochie know, and she will happily help you.