Why do you need to replace a missing tooth?
After losing a tooth or a tooth extraction, it is crucial that you get a replacement to avoid more severe issues and complications that can impact your overall dental health. Teeth provide crucial support for each other. One missing tooth alone can severely impact and change the biting force of neighboring teeth, and the lack of support created by the gap can cause the remaining teeth to shift. As your teeth drift and your bite changes, you may experience difficulties chewing, and you may damage your jaw joint (TMJ). Malpositioned teeth can also be more difficult to clean, which can lead to cavities and permanent bone loss.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is an effective option to replace one or more missing teeth while restoring stability and support among your remaining teeth. The bridge consists of a pontic, the artificial tooth that will replace your missing tooth, and two anchor crowns that will be placed over the neighboring teeth.
To ensure that your dental bridge will feel, fit and look right, each device is custom-made, carefully crafted and individually fit to fully satisfy each individual need. Your dentist will thoroughly prepare the neighboring teeth and take impressions of your mouth.
Dental bridges are generally made from superior materials, including semiprecious and precious metals, porcelain or a fused porcelain-metal combination. Our dentists will carefully consider aesthetics, function and tissue compatibility to select the right material for your individual case.
Call us today to set up an appointment or to schedule a consultation, so we can discuss your options to restore your beautiful smile!
This page has been reviewed for medical accuracy by Dr. Chad Corriveau, a partner at MPDG who completed dental school at the of University of Illinois at Chicago. Click here to follow him on Linkedin.
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