Aside from the discomfort that can come with a missing tooth, there are other problems that may result. To start with, the tooth that was there acted as a placeholder keeping other teeth from shifting. Without that tooth the surrounding teeth may move affecting your visible smile as well as causing the gums and neighboring teeth to become far more susceptible to decay and gum disease.
One of the solutions we can offer for patients with missing teeth is called a dental bridge. A dental bridge is a false tooth that is supported by the adjacent teeth (hence creating a bridge). Bridges can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. A dental bridge can reduce your risk of gum disease, help to correct minor bite issues and can even improve your speech. The false tooth acts as place holder to avoid the shifting of other teeth, improve/maintain your oral health as well as protect the appearance of your smile.
If you're missing a tooth and thought it was harmless until now, give us a call. We’ll schedule your appointment and Dr. Deliakis will examine your mouth and determine if a dental bridge is right for you.