Why Missing Teeth Must be Replaced

bridges - meilinkA missing tooth can be devastating to an adult. A gap in your smile can cause both embarrassment and difficulty with speaking and eating. In addition, a missing tooth leaves a space into which remaining teeth will start to drift in an attempt to compensate. This will make your teeth crooked, and some teeth can experience more wear than others. To restore both your appearance and your oral health, it is vitally important that your Kansas City dentist replace your missing teeth. One viable option for a single missing tooth or several teeth missing in a row is a crown and bridge system.

Crown and Bridge Systems

A crown and bridge system consists of either a single prosthetic tooth or several replacement teeth that are “bridged” together with the help of crowns placed on the teeth surrounding the gap, which are called abutments. Dr. Meilink will first prepare the abutment teeth for crowns and then make an impression of your mouth so that your bridge can be constructed in a dental lab. At your next appointment, he will bond your restoration in place. Your replacement teeth, constructed of tooth-colored materials, will look and feel natural, allowing you to smile, eat, and speak with complete confidence.

Cleaning Your Fixed Bridge

The care of your bridge is much the same as for your natural teeth. You will need to brush thoroughly at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. A small space remains between your bridge and gums, and this area can easily collect bacteria and food debris. Dr. Meilink or his hygienist can show you how to clean this area using special small brushes or by threading dental floss through it. Thorough cleaning of your bridge system will ensure its durability and longevity, as well help you maintain gum health.

Ask Dr. Meilink if a Bridge Is Your Best Option

If you need to replace one or more teeth, then ask Dr. Meilink if a dental bridge is your best option. To schedule an appointment, call Dental Smilemakers at 816-436-8949. Located in Kansas City, MO, we serve the residents of Gladstone, Smithville, Tiffany Springs, Parkville, Liberty, and all surrounding Northland communities. We also service the North Kansas City, Parkhill, Smithville, Platte City, and Liberty school districts.