A bridge is used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. Replacing missing teeth with a bridge restores the normal bite and prevents a number of serious additional problems from developing. When a tooth is lost, the biting forces change on the teeth next to the space, and they begin to shift. When an opposing tooth no longer has anything to bite against it slowly begins to extrude from the socket. This opposing tooth may eventually be lost.
As the bite changes, it becomes difficult to chew food. The change in the bite also affects the jaw joint or TMJ. It is more difficult to clean teeth that have shifted and thus there is an increased change that harmful bacterial accumulate in these hard to reach places. This may result in gum disease, decay and permanent bone loss. The bridge corrects the problem by filling the space left by the missing on extracted tooth, stabilizing the bite and remaining teeth.
Appointment sequence and scheduling is very similar to crowns. Two appointments are required to complete the procedure.
Material that are available: gold, porcelain fused to metal.
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