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When teeth are lost in a healthy smile, it doesn’t just affect your appearance, it can alter your smile’s function as well. To prevent long-term problems from developing due to lost teeth now is the time to take action. Fortunately, a dental bridge is an effective solution for missing teeth. This non-removable restoration supports your smile whether you are missing several teeth in a row or just one.

Let’s take a quick look at why this matters. Here are just some of the things that can happen when gaps in your smile are left untreated:

— You are more prone to gum disease and tooth decay.
— Your smile’s appearance suffers as the gaps stand out when you smile or speak.
— Your speech can be affected.
— The remaining teeth in your mouth can shift.
— Your bite may be altered.
— If your bite is altered, you are susceptible to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) as your teeth are subjected to uneven pressure when chewing.

Dr. Craig Thompson and our team at Ventana Family Dentistry have found dental bridges are an effective solution for our patients in Peoria, Arizona, with missing teeth. This fixed restoration uses two or more crowns for the remaining teeth on either side of the gap. Also known as abutment teeth, these teeth anchor the false tooth which is placed in the gap.

If you would like to know how a dental bridge can solve your smile issues due to missing teeth, please give our Ventana Family Dentistry team a call at 623-566-1200 to schedule your consultation with our dentist in Peoria, Arizona. Dr. Craig Thompson and our team are excited to help you create the confident smile you deserve!