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Why We Recommend Replacing Missing Teeth

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Missing teeth might not seem like a big deal if no one can see the gap when you smile. But missing teeth can cause a chain reaction of oral health problems when left untreated, which is why we offer both dental implants and bridges in our Somerset dental office to restore the function and appearance of your smile.

Missing Teeth – More Than Just Cosmetic

When tooth loss occurs, your smile is at risk for bone loss, malocclusion (bite misalignment), and additional tooth loss. Here’s why:

Resorption – Bone Shrinking

When you lose a tooth, the underlying bone begins to shrink because it is no longer needed. By opting for a dental implant, which ...

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How Does a Dental Bridge Work?

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When seeking to replace a missing tooth, dental bridges are a popular option. In our Somerset dental office, we offer natural-looking tooth-colored options to blend in with your smile.

What Is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge requires two anchor crowns to hold an artificial tooth in place. Placing crowns on healthy adjacent teeth allows us to bridge the gap in our smile with an artificial tooth.

Once in place, you can chew on your dental bridge normally, though it is a good idea to avoid super sticky foods or chewing on hard foods like ice.

When cleaning your dental bridge, you can use a floss threader or a small brush designed to remove ...

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Benefits of Dental Crowns

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Dental crowns are a very common treatment option for a wide array of dental issues. Here are some of the concerns that can be addressed with a crown: 

  • Cracks or breaks in a tooth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Severely discolored teeth
  • Severe tooth decay

Your dentist will be able to evaluate your specific health needs and can help you decide the best, most effective treatment in any concerning situation. However, dental crowns are a common choice, so you may want to know more about why people choose to have dental crowns placed!

Your Dental Crown

A dental crown is a custom-fit cover for a tooth that is damaged, needs to be protected, or even needs to be replaced. Because ...

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What is a Dental Bridge?

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If you have a missing tooth, you are probably curious about your options to restore your health and your smile. While many patients opt for dental implants, other patients want to explore other options or do not qualify for dental implants due to a medical condition or certain medications.

For those patients, we offer dental bridges in our Somerset dental office. Dental bridges keep your teeth from shifting and complete your smile using a series of specialized dental crowns.

What is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge uses your healthy adjacent teeth to anchor an artificial tooth in place. 

The two crowns on your healthy adjacent teeth are called abutment crowns. Your ...

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