Missing one or more teeth can present challenges in your daily life. You may feel embarrassed to smile, have trouble eating certain foods, and find it difficult to speak clearly.
Choosing the right tooth replacement solution is the key to enjoying a healthy and confident smile. A dental bridge is one option that can offer some exceptional benefits to the right candidates. Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by lost teeth to achieve better aesthetics and function.
Indianapolis-based prosthodontist Dr. John R. Phelps has extensive restorative dental experience and will work with you to determine the best course of action for repairing your smile. If you have missing teeth, dental bridges can help by:
- Improving the appearance of your smile.
- Restoring your ability to chew your favorite foods.
- Properly distributing the forces in your bite.
- Restoring your ability to speak clearly.
- Preventing your remaining teeth from shifting out of place.
- Helping you maintain good oral health.
- Preventing a sunken facial appearance that can be caused by tooth loss.
Traditional dental bridges consist of crowns that fit over your natural teeth on either side of a gap. In between these crowns, there are one or more replacement teeth called pontics.
If a traditional bridge does not work for your specific condition, there are other forms of dental bridges. Non-traditional bridges can be a good fit for patients who are missing teeth in inconvenient spots of the mouth.
Bridges can be an excellent choice for patients who are not candidates for dental implants. Those who lack the required density in their jawbone or are not willing to undergo the healing process are not well-suited for implants. Bridges can also be a convenient alternative to partial dentures.
You do not have to accept tooth loss and related complications. If you live in Carmel, Noblesville, Indianapolis, or a nearby Indiana community and are interested in learning more about dental bridges, contact the office of Dr. John Phelps at 317-818-9858. Dr. Phelps is committed to helping restore your smile.