Tooth loss can happen for many reasons. You could lose a tooth as a result of gum disease. A tooth may get knocked out while playing sports or if you fall and hit your face. A tooth may need to be extracted because it is severely damaged or decayed. Even if you lose only one tooth, that missing tooth can have several significant effects on your life. At Olson Family Dental, we can restore a missing tooth with a bridge.
What Happens When I Lose a Tooth?
Tooth loss has many significant effects on your life, even if you lose only one.
Bridges for Tooth Replacement
When you are missing just one tooth or as many as three consecutive teeth, a bridge may be recommended as a replacement. There are a few different types of bridges, including Maryland or resin bonded, cantilever, and fixed. Fixed bridges are the most frequently used. This bridge is typically made from a single piece of ceramic or porcelain. Your replacement tooth, or teeth, is set between two dental crowns. The crowns are used to anchor the bridge securely into place on your adjacent teeth, filling in the empty space left behind in your mouth.
Getting Your Bridge
The process for getting a bridge is similar to the procedure for getting a crown. The abutment teeth need to be prepared. This involves trimming, or removing, a portion of the enamel from each tooth to reduce their size. Done under a local anesthetic, trimming is necessary to ensure that the crowns fit over the abutment teeth and the bridge sits comfortably and naturally into place. After the teeth have been prepared, an impression is taken. The impression is used to design a custom bridge as well as fabricate it. Once the bridge is ready, it is checked for fit and bite before being secured into place with dental cement.
Benefits of Bridges
Bridges provide some different benefits, including:
Even if your missing tooth is not visible when you smile, it is still essential that you have it replaced as soon as possible. For more information on bridges, and to schedule your appointment, call Olson Family Dental today at (203) 663-3316.