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Missing teeth can be the source of several problems. Plaque and bacteria can make use of the extra area on your gums as a place to accumulate, which will increase your chances of tooth decay and gum disease. Spaces in your smile can allow your remaining teeth to drift out of alignment. And of course, there are the cosmetic issues. If you are missing teeth, you may appear older than your actual age, and you may feel uncomfortable in social and work situations.

Dental implants are very popular; however, implants require surgery and you must have healthy gums and enough jawbone to support them. And, certain medical conditions or medications could mean that implants will not work well for you. While many people consider dentures to be for senior citizens, people of all ages have been using them to fill out their smile for many years. But dentures may feel bulky to some people, and may even trigger a gag reflex in others. A good compromise may be a dental bridge. A bridge does not need to be removed at night and does not require surgery, and almost anyone can wear one.

To place a bridge, your dentist will use the teeth at either end of the space in your smile as anchors for the bridge. Your dentist will remove the enamel of those teeth, and an impression will be made of those teeth and the surrounding area of your mouth. Using those impressions, a dental lab will create your bridge. In the interim, your dentist will fit you with temporary crowns. When your permanent bridge is ready, your dentist will attach it, and the permanent crowns to your teeth.

You will need to brush twice a day and floss once a day to make sure that your bridge does not fail. Because you may have some problems flossing around your bridge, you might talk with your dentist about using a water flosser or floss threader. Your crowns will protect most of your teeth, but they will still be susceptible to decay at the gumline.

If you are missing teeth and would like to see if a dental bridge would work for you, our dentist, Dr. Paul Sommers will be happy to see you for an exam and a consultation. If you live in the Watertown, Wisconsin, area and would like to schedule an appointment at Paul R Sommers DDS, pleaes call phone today. Let’s get started on restoring your smile!