Tooth loss can affect your self-esteem and diminish your desire to smile. Beyond the cosmetic concerns, the loss of teeth can also impair speech and the ability to eat comfortably, while potentially leading to bone loss. The condition may be a result of accidents, injuries, illnesses, extraction, and gum disease.
There are several risk factors for the loss of teeth due to periodontal disease, which may or may not be within a patients' control, such as:
- Age and gender - men or patients over the age of 35
- Avoiding the dentist
- Insufficient oral hygiene
- Certain health conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, or high blood pressure
Whatever the reason or cause of tooth loss, Dr. Charles Martin, a board-certified Doctor of Dental Surgery and founder of Richmond Smile Center, can help you to restore the beauty and function of your smile and teeth. Depending upon the severity and location of tooth loss and the health of the surrounding gums and teeth, Dr. Martin may recommend dental implants, which replace the root of the tooth entirely, Fountain of Youth Dentures, or dental crowns and bridge.
A dental bridge, as the name suggests, spans the gap created by the loss of one or more teeth. When healthy teeth remain on either side of the gap, prosthetic teeth, called pontics, can be attached to the abutment teeth with dental crowns. A crown is an artificial tooth that is cemented over the visible portion of the remaining tooth.
Bridges may also be anchored using sturdy dental implants. Natural-looking bridges may be made of metal alloys, gold, porcelain, or a combination. The benefits of a dental bridge include:
- Restoring an attractive smile without gaps
- Enhancing functionality, such as eating and speaking comfortably
- Avoid the risk of surrounding teeth shifting into the gaps
- Balance the forces in the bite
- Fill out the shape of the face
Richmond Smile Center offers a complete range of advanced dental care including reconstructive, cosmetic, family, mature adult, and emergency dentistry, as well as treatment for sleep apnea, TMD/TMJ, migraine headaches, and gum disease.
Call us today at 804-417-7203 for a comprehensive consultation. Richmond Smile Center is located in Richmond at 11201 Huguenot Road.
Last Updated - August 2015
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