There are a number of problems that are associated with adult tooth loss. First, whether one tooth is missing or a small group of teeth are missing, a gap in the smile is an obvious cosmetic flaw. Second, without a full set of teeth, many oral functions become difficult and uncomfortable. Finally, even the loss of a single tooth can affect the structure and alignment of the smile, leaving the entire set of teeth vulnerable to shifting or damage. Dental bridges fill in spaces left by missing teeth to address all of these problems and help patients maintain the integrity of the smile. Dr. John F. Rink can restore a smile that has suffered the loss of anywhere between one and three teeth. Here, patients can learn a little more about what to expect during the dental bridge treatment process at our Charleston practice.
There are two techniques that may be used for the placement of a dental bridge. Patients have the option of undergoing traditional dental bridge treatment, in which the bridge is anchored by dental crowns, or patients can choose to have their dental bridge supported by dental implants. The dental bridge treatment process will vary based on which technique is chosen. Below is a brief explanation of these two dental bridge treatment techniques:
Each type of dental bridge treatment has its own rewards and drawbacks. Dr. Rink will discuss each patient’s unique needs and desires in order to recommend a treatment technique that is most likely to meet these needs.
If you have suffered from tooth loss, it is important to address the problem as soon as possible. Dr. John F. Rink can replace missing teeth to restore your smile before any additional damage is suffered. To learn more about the restorative treatment options available to those who have experienced adult tooth loss, schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience. We look forward to hearing from you!