According to the Centers for Disease Control, by age 65 nearly a fourth of US citizens have lost all of their teeth. Studies done by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons show that more than half of Americans between the ages of 35 and 44 have lost at least one natural tooth. A missing tooth can leave patients feeling embarrassed and apprehensive about flashing their smile. Thankfully, a dental procedure exists that can replace a missing tooth and return your smile to its full beauty. In today’s blog, your Livingston dentists, Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom, explain the benefits of our innovative dental bridges.
Missing Teeth Endanger Your Smile
When a patient begins to lose their teeth, often they are unaware of how much this can alter their smile. You see, when a tooth is lost, the body immediately responds by suspending the flow of calcium and phosphorus to the jawbone surrounding the tooth. As a result, the nutrient-starved bone may begin to deteriorate. In addition, the teeth surrounding the missing tooth will start to drift towards the empty socket. This causes a misaligned bite, which alters your facial structure and can make eating and speaking difficult.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge allows your Livingston cosmetic dentists to replace one or more missing teeth. Custom-made crowns are attached to each side of an artificial tooth. The replacement tooth and crowns are shaded to blend seamlessly with your smile, and constructed from durable materials to ensure years of quality restoration. The crowns will be placed on the teeth sitting on each side of the empty socket, thus securing the replacement tooth. Bridges can also be attached using dental implants instead of crown, which allows more of the natural structure to stay intact. Bridges close the gaps in your smile and prevent your teeth from shifting. With a dental bridge, your smile is returned to full function and appearance.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Livingston Cosmetic Dentists
Interested in replacing a missing tooth with our state-of-the-art dental bridges? Your Livingston cosmetic dentists offer an array of services for protecting and preserving your smile. Contact the Silverstrom Group in Livingston, New Jersey today. The Silverstrom Group is located at 580 South Livingston Avenue, Livingston, New Jersey.