Eric sat nervously waiting for his Match.com date to arrive. He was actually hopeful about this one! Rebecca was well educated and they seemed to have a lot in common. Plus, she looked very pretty in her pictures. His only nagging concern was that Rebecca did seem the serious type as she never seemed to be smiling in her photos. When she walked in, Eric’s heart actually jumped a little. She looked just as pretty as her picture! Then Rebecca smiled. There, staring back at Eric, was a beautiful woman … missing a tooth! Eric swore he could hear the first few bars of Deliverance playing in his head as he frantically tried to plan an escape. Not much can undo a good first impression faster than flashing a big toothless grin.*
All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth
A big toothless grin is only cute on little kids. On an adult it is not the most attractive way to go. There are many reasons an adult could be missing a tooth. Commonly it is due to trauma, where the tooth actually got knocked out. Or it can be due to decay causing the tooth to have to be extracted. Whatever the reason for the missing tooth, there is no reason to have to live with a compromised smile when there is a way for patients to bridge the gap!
What is a Dental Bridge?
Simply stated, dental bridges are a series of connected crowns anchored to adjacent teeth. The space is filled with a false tooth which sits on top of the gums. Depending on the strength, health and stability of the adjacent teeth, the bridge can be anchored to dental implants with crowns or to natural teeth with crowns. Either way, the end result is a beautiful, natural match to the surrounding teeth.
Obviously, patients will need their dentist to make an evaluation before deciding the best course of action. The number of missing teeth, the location, gum health and the integrity of the surrounding teeth and bone are just a few of the factors your dentist will have to take into consideration. Each patient has a unique situation and the doctors at Martin Taylor Dentistry approach each case individually, providing their patients with all the best possible options.
*This story is based on a real event. The names have been changed to protect the innocent and the toothless.