A missing tooth is serious. However, many people think that a single tooth missing from the back of the mouth, where it cannot be seen, is not all that big of a deal. The truth is that even if the tooth cannot be seen when you smile, it can still cause significant complications. Replacing a lost tooth is essential. Beyond Dental and Implant Center can provide treatment with a bridge.
Effects of a Missing Tooth
Missing a tooth has several significant effects on your life. It does not matter if the tooth is visible in your smile or not. Effects of tooth loss include
What is a Bridge?
A bridge is a traditional restoration for replacing a missing tooth. There are a few different types of bridges, including Maryland or resin bonded, cantilever, and fixed. A fixed bridge is the most common type of bridge used. Typically made from ceramic, it consists of a pontic, or false, tooth that looks like your missing tooth. The pontic tooth has a crown on each side of it. These crowns are there to anchor the bridge into place on the adjacent teeth, also called abutment teeth. These teeth provide the support for your restoration, holding it securely in place.
Why Get a Bridge?
A bridge provides many benefits, including
What to Expect During Bridge Placement
Placing a bridge generally requires two separate appointments. During your first appointment, we prepare the abutment teeth and take impressions of your mouth. Preparing your abutment teeth is done under a local anesthetic. We work to remove a portion of the enamel from each of these teeth, reducing them in size. With the necessary enamel removed, your bridge will be able to fit properly in place and function optimally. After preparing the teeth, we take an impression, which is sent to our dental lab to design and create your customized bridge.
Your second appointment occurs after your bridge has been completed. It can take up to two weeks for the restoration to be completed, so a temporary restoration is set into place to protect your teeth and your oral health while you wait. We check your final bridge to ensure that it fits properly, looks natural, and your bite is appropriate. If everything looks good, we bond it into place on the abutment teeth.
Even if you cannot see a missing tooth when you smile, it can still cause serious issues. Replacing your tooth with a bridge helps to restore the functionality of your mouth, protect your oral health, and give you back your quality of life. If you are missing a tooth, call Beyond Dental and Implant Center at (972) 591-7520 to learn more and schedule your appointment today.
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