(763) 786-3432 640 Civic Heights Drive Circle Pines, MN 55014

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For a Dental Bridge, Circle Pines Trusts Drs. Stentz and Shaffer

Your teeth are on call every waking hour of the day. Yet, most of us take them for granted. They are there to bite, chew, grind, gnash, chatter, clench and smile. No wonder they sometimes become worn or even worse—lost. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, nearly 178 million people in the U.S. are missing at least one tooth. If you count yourself among these millions then consider a dental bridge, Circle Pines. Dr. Stentz or Dr. Shaffer will custom design the perfect bridge for you.

Tooth Loss and Your Health

If you’ve been missing teeth for some time, then you’re all too familiar with the challenges tooth loss presents. First of all, there is the way you look. Face it—people who see you notice that gap in your smile. For some people with tooth loss, the embarrassment can be too much to bear so they simply avoid socializing.

As if the emotional and psychological problems weren’t enough, there are also the oral and general health considerations. Tooth loss increases the likelihood that you will have decay in remaining teeth or periodontal disease. In fact, periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the U.S. Consequently, a vicious cycle of gum disease and tooth loss can develop if both issues are not properly addressed. In addition, gum disease has been linked to several systemic conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease. For all of these reasons and more, the need for tooth replacement cannot be understated.

Bridge the Gap in Your Smile

To bridge the gap in your smile there must be supports, which is most often provided by dental crowns that are affixed to adjacent healthy teeth. Alternatively, the crowns can be mounted on dental implants if teeth nearby are not strong enough to support a crown and bridge.

To place the crowns, a small amount of tooth structure is filed away; this step ensures that the crowns fit comfortably alongside your other teeth and do not interfere when you bite down. Once completed, we’ll take an impression of your prepared teeth that our dental lab will use to create your customized bridge. Your bridge is a single unit consisting of the crowns at both ends and false teeth in between. When the dental bridge is ready, your dentist in Circle Pines will permanently bond the crowns and pontics (false teeth) into place to restore your complete smile.

Call Our Office Today

If you would like to know more about how a dental bridge can give you back your smile, please call your dentist in Circle Pines today. Your “dentist near me” would like to help you smile with confidence.