Unfortunately, permanent tooth loss is a common issue in the United States because of high sugar diets, poor oral hygiene, and a combination of genetic factors. The American Dental Association (ADA) estimates that, by the age of 50, the average adult has lost twelve of their teeth.
At Claremont Dental Group in Claremont, NH, we don’t want our patients to suffer when they start losing teeth. While we practice preventive dentistry and help our patients maintain their smile, we know that tooth loss can be inevitable with age. We, therefore, offer comfortable bridges made in cooperation with a skilled dental lab.
A dental bridge is an appliance that contains one or more synthetic teeth. These teeth are often connected to one another and can be held in the mouth through a variety of ways, including crowns, wires, and even implants. The false tooth is called a pontic and tends to be made of composite resin, which is durable, stain-resistant, and won’t break down from plaque.
Claremont Dental Group in Claremont, NH, offers several bridge options. Patients who visit our office can choose between a permanent or temporary bridge, which is one that can be taken out as needed for better sleep or easy cleaning.
Dental bridges offer a variety of benefits related to physical and mental health. Tooth loss can weaken the gum and jawbone. This causes thinning, which in turn makes the skull more fragile. Patients can also experience facial collapse, which is when the soft flesh of the cheeks and jaw start to sink and sag because the teeth are not holding it in place.
Just as importantly, though, is the emotional toll tooth loss can create. We care deeply about our patients and are saddened to see many of them begin to withdraw socially after losing teeth. To help restore their smile and confidence, we recommend many patients who are missing teeth to get a dental bridge.