Dental bridges are another option for replacing missing teeth. When someone has one or more missing teeth it can affect their bite, cause surrounding teeth to shift, change their smile, cause symptoms of TMJ and even speech impediments. If this goes on over a period of time the wear and tear on your remaining teeth can cause severe discomfort in the mouth as well as a greater potential for dental decay and bone loss around the area. If these problems persist bacteria will build and can cause health problems throughout the body as a whole.

Your Glen Allen Dentistry dentist will most likely need to reshape your surrounding teeth in order to fit your bridge. Once that’s done crowns are placed over the reshaped teeth, which will then be connected to the artificial tooth and act as an anchor holding the artificial tooth in place.