Placing a bridge after a tooth has been lost can prevent a chain reaction of
problems that would affect your entire mouth.
Like other things, teeth need each other for support. When one tooth is
lost, the biting force changes on the teeth next to the space, and they begin
to shift. When a tooth no longer has anything to chew against, it begins to
extrude out of the socket. You can eventually end up losing the tooth.
As your bite changes, it gets harder and harder to chew your food. This can
cause damage to your jaw joint, the TMJ.
It's much harder to clean teeth that have shifted. Harmful plaque and tartar
accumulate in these new hard-to-reach places, which can result in cavities, gum
disease, and permanent bone loss.
Like other bridges, a dental bridge uses abutments for support to hold it in
place. Bridges are custom-crafted in a dental laboratory to precisely fit your
A missing tooth really changes a person's smile, but a bridge is a good way
to get your smile back!