When you smile, do you worry that all anyone sees is your missing tooth? Losing one or more teeth can make you feel self-conscious when smiling, laughing and talking. Plus, the missing tooth can leave your connecting teeth unsupported. This can cause shifting that creates crooked teeth that are hard to clean and impact your appearance.
Our team at Monaco Dentistry offers several tooth restoration options with cosmetic dentistry, including dental bridges. These bridges close the holes in your smile and improve your oral health.
Dental bridges are a fixed dental appliance that uses your existing teeth to hold an artificial tooth in place. No surgery is required, and the tooth will stay in place when you eat, talk or laugh. They are unlike partial dentures that can move or fall out. You can replace one or two teeth with a dental bridge, using the teeth next to the missing ones to hold the bridgework in place. The restoration looks natural and gives you functional teeth for chewing. This is without the need for adhesives like dentures.
To secure a dental bridge, we use dental crowns on the teeth on either side of the missing tooth to support the artificial tooth. The dental crowns are placed over the existing teeth and attached to the framework that holds the new tooth. This frame is behind the teeth, so no one will know it is there. The new tooth and dental crowns on either side will match your other teeth and look natural, giving you a beautiful smile. Plus, the artificial tooth and bridgework help stabilize your other teeth, preventing shifting that can occur when a tooth is lost and not replaced.
If you have holes in your smile where you have lost teeth, contact our office today to come in for a smile restoration consultation at Monaco Dentistry in Apollo Beach. We can create beautiful dental bridges to improve the function and appearance of your smile, as well as dental implants and dentures. In addition, we have other options for cosmetic enhancement, like teeth whitening and porcelain veneers.