Something that patients may not be aware of is the chain reaction of dental problems that occurs when a tooth is extracted or lost. It is a much larger issue than just losing a tooth, it will affect your entire oral health. At Woodland Family Dental, our team, including Dr. S. Welton and Dr. D. Welton, can stop that chain reaction with the placement of a fixed dental bridge. We can place a non-removable false tooth, filling the space, and stopping damage from occurring to your neighboring teeth.
When a Patient Loses a Tooth
When a tooth has been lost, either due to decay, injury or extraction, a chain reaction begins in your mouth. Almost immediately your jaw bone will respond in that area with atrophy. This means that it decreases in size, and though that may seem insignificant, it will make small visual changes to your facial structure that we often associate with an older appearance. Next, the most likely effect is the shifting of your neighboring teeth to fill the now empty space. Your teeth will begin to drift ever so slightly because there is room available. Shifting teeth means that your teeth change their alignment, which changes your bite and how your teeth fit together, which can cause jaw pain, it may affect your speech, and change how your teeth look. You will also notice changes in how you eat, empty spaces may make it harder to chew the foods you love. Finally, your aesthetics, people notice our teeth, they see them while we speak and when we smile. Patients have expressed altering their smile so they can hide their teeth, they share stories of hiding when pictures are being taken, and they may choose to sit out social situations so that people can not see their teeth, or lack of. We don’t want you to experience any of the above problems, the solution is available. With the creation of a dental bridge, Dr. S. Welton and Dr. D. Welton can stop these problems.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge uses two dental crowns that are placed over two healthy teeth or tooth implant posts with a false tooth, or multiple false teeth, in between. The healthy teeth or posts serve as anchors to support the false teeth, giving you a strong hold. Though there are removable dentures available, bridges are generally considered permanent, meaning non-removable, as they are cemented into place. During your regular checkups, we will check the bond, ensuring that it is strong, and if it is not, we can remove it and re-cement it into place. Most patients do not need to have a replacement bridge created for many years.
For more information on dental bridges, including traditional bridges, and attaching them with dental implants, contact our dentists, Sunnshine M. Welton DDS and David G. Welton DDS, at our Post Falls, ID 83854 office by contacting our front office at: (208) 254-4600
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Post Falls, ID 83854-6045
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