Fixed Dental Bridges
Even a single missing tooth can have a drastic effect on your oral health, and for more reasons than just your appearance. Your teeth rely on each other to stay in alignment and for health and support. When one is missing, your remaining teeth must bear the pressure of your bite. Replacing a lost tooth with a dental bridge will help prevent your remaining teeth from shifting out of alignment or sustaining damage from undue pressure. It will also reestablish your bite function while simultaneously restoring the appearance of your smile. A fixed bridge consists of a lifelike replacement tooth (or more than one, if necessary) and a pair of crowns on either end. The crowns are bonded to the healthy teeth adjacent to the gap in your smile to hold your replacement tooth steadily in place.
When to Schedule an Appointment
Like most other dental issues, the complications that arise from a missing tooth are progressive. The longer the gap in your smile remains, the more your teeth can shift or be exposed to damaging bite pressure. If you’re missing a tooth or are having one extracted, then you should speak with Dr. Olson as soon as possible about replacing it with a custom-made dental bridge. For improved results, Dr. Olson may suggest securing your bridge on dental implants, which are inserted into your jawbone and simulate the support system created by your dental roots.