Carl H. Boykin, D.D.S. Jackson Dentist

Bridges



                    This is an option for filling the space created by a missing tooth.It is formed to

                    look like the missing tooth, and it takes its place in the mouth. The sides of a

                    bridge use the two surrounding teeth for support, hence the name. A bridge

                    replaces the missing tooth, both functionally and cosmetically. Bridge work is as

                    much an art as it is an exact science. The materials used may be gold alloys,

                    porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all ceramic material and cost may vary

                    dependent on your preference. The choice of material depends on requirements for

                    strength, wear, and/or esthetics.It is important that a missing tooth be replaced

                    as soon as possible for several reasons. If not treated the teeth surrounding

                    the gap begin to shift inward, creating a whole chain reaction of bad

                    things. Teeth use their neighbors for support, and, with one missing,

                    they start to "fall." As this worsens the bite changes in response to the

                    pressure. This can eventually result in problems with the entire jaw, e.g. TMJ.

                    The surrounding teeth deteriorate and it is just a matter of time before they,     

                    too, are lost. Gum disease becomes a serious problem, with the difficulty of

                    treatment increasing as the neglect continues.


 


 

4793 McWillie Dr.

 

Jackson, MS 39206

 


 

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