The initial impact of losing a tooth or teeth might be embarrassment and outright pain. The long term effects can be damaging to the health of your mouth. Not having a full set of teeth in your mouth can make it that bit more difficult to eat and drink in comfort and sometimes the remaining teeth will start to shift into the positions left vacant by the absent teeth. Thankfully there are plenty of options for replacing lost teeth.
One of the most popular methods of doing so is to have dental bridge work carried out. What this amounts to is securing a false tooth (also known as a pontic) to the surrounding teeth. This is a highly successful and adaptable method that does not require invasive surgery. Dentists can adapt the process depending on the situation of tooth loss in the first place.
If you are missing a tooth at the front of your mouth then your dentist will be able to secure the bridge in such a way that the bond is concealed and aesthetics are preserved. If there are not teeth on either side of the gap or one of them is too weak to be a part of the bridge, the false tooth can be secured on one side only.
Dental bridge work can be carried out in conjunction with dental implants whereby a false tooth is secured via a ‘socket’ implanted in the gum and fused with the jaw bone and then used to support a bridge of replacement teeth.
Have a chat with your City of London dentist if you are missing some teeth and are interested in how dental bridges can improve the health of your mouth.