Missing A Tooth? Signs You Need A Dental Bridge

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If you've got a missing tooth, it's time to talk to your dentist. There are options to replace the missing tooth. Two of those options are dental implants and dental bridges. Dental implants offer a permanent replacement for your missing teeth. But, the implant process can take a while to complete. Plus, implants can get quite costly, especially if you don't have the right coverage. That's where dental bridges come in handy. Dental bridges can replace your missing teeth while you arrange for dental implants. If your missing tooth isn't visible to others, you might think you can wait a while longer. That's not the case though. Here are three reasons to talk to your dentist about a dental bridge for your missing tooth. 

Your Teeth are Shifting

If you have a missing tooth, you need to worry about shifting. The longer you have a gap, the worse the shifting will get. Unfortunately, shifting doesn't only affect the teeth on either side of the gap. Once those teeth shift, the rest of your teeth will follow suit. Luckily, there is a way to keep your teeth in the right position while you wait for your implant. You can have your dentist create a dental bridge for you. The bridge will hold your teeth in place. 

Your Speech is Affected

If your missing tooth is affecting your speech, don't wait to speak to your dentist. It's not uncommon for missing teeth to affect speech. This is especially true when the front teeth are missing. Your tongue needs to rest on your teeth to form sounds. When teeth are missing, your tongue can't get the right placement. That means your words won't sound right. A dental bridge will help you avoid speech problems while you wait for your dental implant. 

You've Got Trouble Chewing

If you've got a missing tooth, it's time to worry about the way you chew. When you have missing teeth, you can't always chew as well as you should. When you have missing teeth, food can get stuck in the gaps. This can lead to an increased risk of plaque and tartar buildup. The stuck food particles can cause bad breath. Not only that, but missing teeth can affect your digestion. When you can't chew properly, you swallow pieces of food that are too big. That means your stomach works harder to digest them. To avoid those problems, fill the gap with a dental bridge. 

For more information, contact a dentist near you.


26 October 2022

Unraveling Dental Myths about Children: A Blog for Parents

When I had my first child, I was a nervous wreck. Every book I read gave different advice, and I just wanted to be right! By the time I had my third child, some of the stress had abated. I now realised, there were tons of different perspectives on everything related to raising children including dentistry. To help parents, I have created this blog dedicated to unraveling dental myths about children. I am including posts that weigh both sides of issues such as thumb sucking, dental caries, breastfeeding, flossing and any other topic I can think of. I hope you find the information you need to unravel dental myths, but most importantly, I hope you find some peace of mind. With kids and dentistry, there can be more than one right answer, and I want you to be able to relax and go with the answer that's right for you.