It may not seem important, but suffering tooth loss, even if it is only one tooth, is a serious issue. Patients have asked if tooth loss at the back of the mouth, where it can’t be seen, is a big deal. Your teeth do more than affect the smile, they work in a harmonious balance for complete oral health. Missing even one tooth can cascade to several changes in your mouth. No matter the location of your missing tooth, it is important to have it replaced. At Pacific Modern Dentistry, we can discuss different options, including replacing your missing tooth with a dental bridge.
What happens when I lose a tooth?
Your mouth, like every system in your body, works in a cohesive way. The bone supports our teeth, the teeth transfer energy to the bone keeping it healthy, and the whole function allows us to get the nutrition we need. Additionally, we take a lot of pride in our smiles, they help us look and feel good about ourselves, so losing a tooth, even one at the back of your mouth can be problematic. A basic outline of what will happen includes:
Replacing a Missing Tooth with a Bridge
We can stop these changes and restore your oral health with a dental bridge. This is a common treatment option that can be used to replace several missing teeth in a row. Bridges come with variations both in style and how they are held in place. We can discuss these options and find the right combination for your specific needs.
The most frequently used dental bridge is called a fixed bridge. It consists of a replacement tooth that is set between two dental crowns. The replacement tooth is a false tooth, called a Pontic tooth, and it fills in the empty space left behind by your missing tooth. The crowns function to hold the bridge in place, they are referred to as anchor teeth. The crowns are placed over these teeth, called the abutment teeth, which anchors the bridge securely in place. In the past, anchor teeth needed to be healthy natural teeth, but today we can also use surgically inserted dental implants to serve as a post or anchor.
No matter what the location of your missing tooth, it is essential that it be replaced right away. Using a combination of healthy teeth and/or dental implants, we can restore missing teeth and give you a healthy smile.
Call Pacific Modern Dentistry today at (206)284-4505 to schedule your consultation and find out if a bridge is right for you.