Are you one of the estimated 178 million Americans missing at least one permanent tooth? If so, you may require restorative dentistry to help prevent the smile issues often associated with missing teeth. Your Livingston dentists, Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom, offer a solution for replacing missing teeth: Dental bridges. Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Bridges Question: How does a dental bridge work? Answer: A dental bridge allows your Livingston dentists to replace one or more missing teeth. The bridge consists of an artificial tooth with crowns attached to each end. The crowns will be placed onto the natural teeth on each side of the gap in your smile. The crowns anchor the bridge into place, allowing you to speak and eat with ease. Question: Will my dental bridge look natural? Answer: Yes. After taking impressions of your smile, our onsite dental lab will fabricate your bridge using lifelike dental materials. Your Livingston dentists will the check the fit of your new prosthetic for comfort and accuracy. The dental bridge will blend seamlessly with your smile. Question: How long will a dental bridge last? Answer: On average, a dental bridge provides between 10 and 15 years of quality restoration. Occasionally, your prosthetic may require adjustment. During your checkups and follow up appointments, Dr. David or Gary Silverstrom will assess the strength and durability of your new dental bridge. Question: What happens if I don’t replace missing teeth? Answer: When you lose a tooth, the surrounding teeth may begin to drift towards the empty socket. Soon, misalignment develops. Uneven teeth provide a number of places for stray food particles and bacteria to hide, leading to plaque buildup. Over time, plaque increases the risk of gum disease and tooth decay, leading to further tooth loss. Missing teeth may eventually make eating and speaking difficult, hindering both your health and social life. To prevent this, always seek immediate dental care to address a missing tooth. About Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom: The Silverstrom Dental Group provides the latest in comprehensive dental care for patients in Livingston, NJ and surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment, call (973) 797-9345.