When you lose a tooth, the biting forces change on the teeth next to the space, and they begin to shift, and since the opposing tooth no longer has anything to chew against, it begins to extrude out of its socket. These changes create places around the teeth that are hard to keep clean, so plaque and bacteria quickly accumulate. This accumulation can cause tooth decay and periodontal disease.
Changes in the bite can also put improper chewing forces on the shifted teeth, and this can lead to lose teeth and loss of jawbone, especially when periodontal disease is already present in your mouth.
An uneven bite makes it harder to chew you food and may lead to grinding and clenching. A bad bite can also create painful problems with your jaw joint, the TMJ.
To determine if a bridge is right for you, we’ll perform a thorough examination to make sure that the surrounding teeth can provide a strong foundation for the bridges. The exam often includes taking x-rays, and probing around the teeth to check for periodontal disease. There are a several kinds of bridges, so we’ll talk with you about the best type for your situation.
A bridge replaces missing teeth, and it’s a great way to maintain a stable bite and restore your smile bridges
When a tooth is missing, a 3-unit bridges can be a good choice for replacing it. In a 3-unit bridge, an artificial tooth is connected on either side to crowns, which are placed on the neighboring teeth to hold the bridge in place. A 3-unit bridge can be made of gold, porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal. It’s custom made for you in a dental laboratory, so it may take two or more appointments to complete your bridges.
On your first visit, we numb the area to make you comfortable. We may also use a rubber dam to protect your mouth while we work. We remove any decay and use the handpiece to shape the teeth that will support the bridges. Then we’ll take an impression of your teeth. The lab uses the impression to make a model of your mouth. They’ll use the model to create a bridge that precisely fits your teeth and bite. In the meantime, we often place a temporary bridges.
On your next visit, we remove the temporary and begin a series of steps to confirm the fit of your new bridge. When we’re satisfied with the fit, we try in the final bridges, checking the fit and your bite. When everything looks good, we cement or bond the bridges in place.
bridges have several advantages:
- Replace teeth for biting and chewing
- Assist in clear speech
- Keep teeth from shifting
The crowns can also serve as restorations for anchoring teeth that have damage or decay.
When you need to replace a missing tooth, a 3-unit bridge can be a functional, good-looking solution.