When you are missing multiple teeth, it’s important to go to your dentist so you can learn all of the different treatment options that you can undergo to address the problem. Missing teeth is more than just an aesthetic issues, of course. Eating certain foods can pose a challenge, you may have a sudden and unwanted speech impediment, and there are plenty of dental health issues that you may not notice at the time. When you visit our Knoxville cosmetic dentistry practice, Dr. Thomas G. Zarger will be able to determine the best option to meet your needs. In some cases, this will mean dental bridges.
Dental bridges are partial dental restorations meant to replace several missing teeth. The dental bridges are removable, held in place by using the adjacent teeth and remaining gum structure for support. The dental bridges are removable and easy to clean.
The best candidates for dental bridges are people with otherwise healthy teeth and sufficient bone structure and gum tissue to support the appliance. If you are missing many teeth, dentures may be a better option than dental bridges.
In some cases, it may be a good idea to consider getting Knoxville dental implants to support your dental bridges. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically anchored into the bone and gum tissues in your mouth. These implants can effectively support individual dental crowns, dental bridges, or full dentures. Dental implants provide a sturdier hold than removable dental restorations and will help prevent gum recession and bone loss, two problems associated with missing teeth.
Good candidates for implant-supported dental bridges are people who are missing multiple teeth and have healthy jawbone structure and gum tissue to hold the dental implant in place. If there is not sufficient bone matter and gum tissue in the area of a tooth gap, a patient may be able to undergo a bone transplant or gum augmentation procedure to make them eligible for dental implants.
If you would like more information about your many options for dealing with missing teeth, be sure to contact our Knoxville cosmetic dentistry practice today. Dr. Zarger and his team look forward to meeting with you.