When you’re missing a tooth or multiple teeth, there are many different problems that you have to deal with. Some of them are aesthetic in nature while others are related to the overall health of your mouth. When you visit with Seattle cosmetic dentist, Dr. Mark Caggiano, he will be sure to assess your overall situations and determine what dental treatment would best meet your unique needs.
One of the dental problems that people who are missing teeth will face has to do with aesthetics. Gaps between teeth are not particularly attractive. Many times, people who are missing teeth feel hesitant to speak, laugh, or yawn around others, even people they know and have known for years. In addition, multiple missing teeth can alter the appearance of the face around the lips, giving people a sort of sunken look to their face.
There are also dental health issues to be concerned about. Missing even a single tooth can make ti difficult to chew your favorite foods properly. When a tooth is missing, the jawbone and gum tissue in the gap can recede since there is no root structure to support. And, most troubling, your remaining teeth may gradually shift out of place in time given the space between teeth.
It’s for the above reason that patients at our Seattle cosmetic and general dentistry practice are assess for their candidacy for dental bridges. Dental bridges are dental restorations that are used to fill a gap left by a single tooth or multiple teeth. A dental bridge consists of an artificial tooth or teeth on a set of artificial gums. The dental bridge fits in place where the gap is, and is secured by bracketing onto your adjacent teeth.
The best candidates for dental bridges are people who are missing a tooth or multiple teeth and need to have the gap filled for aesthetic reasons and dental health reasons. Incases where patients have many teeth missing on an upper row or lower row of teeth, dentures may be a better option instead of a dental bridge.
In some cases, patients may be good candidates for dental bridges that are held in place with dental implants. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed into the jawbone and gum tissue. This provides a much stronger hold than traditional dental bridges and also addressed the matter of gum recession and bone loss in the area of a tooth gap.
In addition to dental bridges and dental implants, we’re proud to offer comprehensive dental care options to meet your needs, including Seattle porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, and even sedation dentistry methods to ensure you are as calm as possible while visiting our practice.
To learn more about dental bridges and other effective solutions for missing teeth and other dental problems, contact our Seattle cosmetic and sedation dentistry practice today.
For over 25 years, Dr. Mark Caggiano, DDS has provided cosmetic and restorative dentistry in a comfortable, professional environment. Dr. Caggiano received a degree in Biology and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from The University of Southern California. He has had extensive post-graduate training and is a member of numerous professional organizations including The American Dental Association and The International Dental Implant Association. Dr. Caggiano makes dental treatment relaxed and comfortable for patients while enhancing their oral health and beautifying their smiles.