How Do I Replace a Missing Tooth?


Millions of people in the United States suffer the loss of one or more permanent teeth. In fact, the number has grown to over 178 million people who are missing at least one permanent tooth. How do you replace a missing tooth? What can you do to return your smile to full function and health? To answer these questions, your Park Ridge cosmetic dentist would like to talk about dental bridges.

The Dangers of Tooth Loss

What happens when you lose one or more teeth? Turns out, even a single missing teeth can endanger the health and stability of your smile. When you lose a tooth, the gap in your smile may cause the surrounding teeth to drift from their places. The teeth become misaligned, which makes thorough brushing and flossing nearly impossible and provides convenient hiding places for bacteria and food particles. Soon, you may develop cavities or even an increased risk of gum disease. Replacing a missing tooth prevents misalignment, allowing you to maintain an even, healthy smile.

What are Dental Bridges?

To replace one or more missing teeth, Dr. Maria Loukas and Dr. Thanasi Loukas may prescribe a dental prosthetic, such as a dental bridge. A bridge consists of a replacement tooth with crowns attached to each side. The teeth on either side of the gap in your smile will be prepared and receive the crowns. The crowns then anchor the dental bridge into place, providing secure tooth replacement. With a dental bridge in place, the risk of misalignment diminishes and you can eat and smile with confidence and ease. For more information on our other dental prosthetics, including full and partial dentures, schedule an appointment today.

Schedule a Visit with Your Park Ridge Cosmetic Dentist

Interested in addressing your tooth loss with our innovative dental bridges? Then schedule a consultation with your Park Ridge cosmetic dentist today. We can help repair and restore your smile with innovative teeth bonding. Dr. Maria and Dr. Thanasi Loukas are highly-skilled restorative and cosmetic dentists serving the Park Ridge and surrounding Chicago communities. To schedule an appointment, call Loukas General Dentistry today at (847) 696-1919.

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