Losing multiple teeth in the same area can really compromise the function of your mouth and impact your smile. A bridge is essentially a new tooth or teeth anchored in place by crowns on the surrounding teeth.
If these lost teeth are not replaced with a structure the surrounding teeth can begin to turn or move to fill the gap. This can cause very serious bite alignment issues.
To anchor the bridge your dentist will remove some of the enamel leaving an abutment around the root of each tooth. They will then make an impression of the abutments before covering them with a temporary crown. This information is sent off to a dental laboratory where a permanent bridge is made.
At a second appointment your dentist will cement the bridge in place. Even though your bridge is made from materials that are not subject to tooth decay, it will still require regular brushing and flossing. If the abutments of the crowns are not cared for properly they can fail. Tartar where the bridge meets the gum line can also lead to gum disease.
If you are missing two or more teeth in one part of your mouth, or you have questions about a bridge, please feel free to call us at 913-543-3751 to schedule an appointment.