Losing a tooth can make people feel self conscious about the appearance of their teeth, impair their ability to speak or chew, and can actually lead to more missing teeth, infections, or other issues. A dental bridge treatment restores the lost tooth and prevents the shifting of teeth.
How the Alignment of Teeth Affects Your Health
All of the teeth in your mouth are aligned a very specific and unique way. The shape of your mouth and your bite affect the locations of each individual tooth. As a result. when a tooth falls out, the teeth surrounding it may shift to close the gap.
Closing this gap is your body’s way of filling an empty space. Unfortunately, this can cause your teeth to become misaligned and not fit as well with the other teeth.
The shifting teeth can also expose more of the roots, making the teeth more susceptible to bacterial accumulation and infection.
The misalignment of your bite can lead to problems with your jaw joint as well.
Dental Bridge Treatments in Houston can Restore your Bite
There are two ways to prevent the teeth from shifting positions and causing all sorts of problems.
The first way is to use a space maintainer which does exactly what you might expect. It maintains the space left by the lost tooth.
This is usually a temporary solution until you can install a replacement tooth.
A dental bridge treatment is a fabricated tooth cemented to a framework along with one or two anchor crowns.
While a space maintainer just preserves the space left over, a dental bridge fills it with a natural looking, custom designed for your mouth.
The pontic, or false tooth, is mounted on a framework, usually suspended between two crowns.
The teeth adjacent to the gap are filed down in preparation for the crowns and will serve as anchor points for the dental bridge.
The pontic itself will rest within the gap.
In order to achieve a tailored fit, your Houston dentist creates a mold of your teeth. This mold will show all the intricacies of how your teeth fit together so the dental lab can create a tooth that fits you perfectly.
The dental bridge takes some time to construct. It will be a little while between your first visit where the dentist prepares your teeth are and when you actually get your dental bridge.
The dentist installs a temporary bridge at the end of your first visit. This protects the filed teeth and the open space from damage and bacteria.
Ensuring a Proper Fit of a Dental Bridge
The dentist installs the dental bridge on your second visit. Not only does the dentist want to make sure the dental bridge feels comfortable, they also want to make sure it won’t cause harm.
A poorly fitted dental implant of any kind can lead to infections and other problems.
If your dental bridge doesn’t fit properly on the first visit, and it’s uncommon that they don’t fit, your dentist will either have them adjusted or take a new mold and construct a new bridge.