The loss of a single tooth can have a major impact on an individual’s health and appearance. Teeth work together and depend on each other for support and positioning. When a tooth is missing, the remaining teeth will shift out of their normal position. The degree of shifting varies from case to case, based upon the position of the space and the person. Teeth naturally erupt and drift forward, so generally speaking, teeth opposite the space will hypererupt and those behind the space will drift forward. In addition to the cosmetic and functional issues this presents, teeth that drift are also more susceptible to decay or gum disease because they are more difficult to clean around. All of this movement will ultimately lead to changes in the bite, which may put stress on the jaws, muscles and teeth. This can lead to difficulties with chewing and even changes in a person’s appearance.
There are many options to consider when there are missing teeth, including: dental bridges, implants, and removable bridges. A dental bridge can restore your teeth to normal function by replacing missing teeth and improving the entire health of your mouth by keeping the surrounding teeth in position. It can also help maintain the structure of the face and jaw. The procedure for a dental bridge will most likely require two appointments, one to prepare the teeth and a follow-up appointment about two weeks later to seat the bridge.
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