If you lose a back tooth, why replace it since the tooth isn’t visible?
The arrangement of your teeth is a balanced support system that provides proper support and stability. Losing a tooth can start a vicious cycle of ongoing oral problems. Typical problems include drifting, shifting, and an increased risk of gum disease and decay.
In a normal, healthy mouth, there is a natural balance of teeth. Each tooth has three or four companion teeth. These include the adjacent teeth on either side as well as upper or lower teeth that meet them. Upper and lower teeth work together to provide comfortable chewing function.
When a tooth is lost, statistics show that the companion tooth will be lost next. Then, the tooth next in line is subjected to the same conditions. With each tooth lost, the problems are magnified and the cycle of tooth loss continues.
A fixed bridge restores your smile’s appearance and chewing function while also stabilizing surrounding teeth. The placement process involves the attachment of the bridge to adjacent teeth. The existing teeth are prepared with crowns or inlays. The bridge of the replacement tooth (or teeth) is then attached to the crowns or inlays and secured in place. The result is an appealing and natural look and feel.
The best time to replace missing teeth is immediately after the tooth is lost. Call for a free Consultation to learn recommendations that will help you accomplish a confident, healthy smile. During this discussion, your questions will be answered and all options of tooth replacement explained so you can determine what is best for you. Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles.