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Columbia Dentist Restores Smiles with Dental Bridges

Did you know that millions of Americans suffer from tooth loss? In fact, according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, between ages 35 and 44 over 69% of adults will lose at least one permanent tooth. Missing teeth threaten both the health and stability of your smile. Fortunately, your Columbia dentist, Dr. David Foster, offers an innovative method of dental replacement. In today’s blog, Dr. Foster discusses how bridges can restore missing teeth and improve dental health.

Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth

What happens when you lose a tooth? Often, the surrounding teeth may begin to drift towards the empty socket. Soon, the patient suffers from misalignment. Dental misalignment often makes chewing and speaking difficult and increases the risk of further tooth loss. When you lose a tooth, you should seek dental care immediately to help preserve the integrity of your smile.

What is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is a restorative procedure that allows your Columbia TN dentist to replace one or more missing teeth. A bridge consists of a replacement tooth with a dental crown attached to two sides. The crowns will be placed onto the natural teeth on either side of the empty socket. The crowns anchor the artificial tooth into place. Once the procedure is complete, you will enjoy a beautiful and whole smile again, avoiding unsightly misalignment.

Preventing Further Tooth Loss

In addition to seeking replacement options, good dental habits also aid in the prevention of further tooth loss. In most cases, losing a tooth is the result of avoidable dental issue such as tooth decay or advanced gum disease, also known as periodontitis. To keep your smile healthy, always brush your teeth twice a day and floss once. Don’t forget to rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash, as well. These simple steps help cleanse the mouth of harmful bacteria and food particles, potentially preventing decay and periodontal disease.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Columbia TN Dentist

Do you have one or more missing teeth? A dental bridge can return your smile to full function and appearance. For more information about bridges and other restorative procedures, talk to your Columbia TN dentist today. Dr. Foster offers the latest in general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry to improve smiles for the whole family. Schedule an appointment our 38401 dentist office by calling (931) 388-3384. We welcome patients from Columbia, Spring Hill, Mt. Pleasant, Lewisburg, Lewisburg, Hohenwald, Centerville and surrounding communities.

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