If you’re missing a tooth in the back of your mouth, ‘out of sight, out of mind’ is not the adage that you should think of. Perhaps ‘a chain is only as strong as its weakest link’ would be more appropriate.
Aside from the discomfort that can come with a missing tooth, there are other problems that result may. To start with, the tooth that was there acted as a place holder keeping other teeth from shifting. Without that tooth the surrounding teeth may move affecting your visible smile as well as causing the gums and neighboring teeth to become far more susceptible to decay and gum disease.
A dental bridge is a false tooth that can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. Dental bridges can do many things, including reducing your risk of gum disease, help to correct minor bite issues and can even improve your speech. The false tooth acts as placeholder to avoid the shifting of other teeth, improve/maintain your oral health as well as protect the appearance of your smile.
It is important to take proper care of your dental bridge to extend its life and maintain the health of your gums and natural teeth. Daily brushing and flossing, in addition to regularly scheduled dental exams, will keep your dental bridge and oral health in top condition.
If you’re missing a tooth and have figured it was harmless until now, visit our Toronto Beaches or North York dental office and ask us if dental bridges are right for you. Your smile will thank you.