If we do not replace the space provided by the previously extracted tooth, consequences may arise.
It can cause the remaining teeth to move to any direction or rotate resulting in an altered and a more problematic bite which causes an imbalance in the mouth. This altered bite can lead to pain in the temporomandibular joint or gum disease.
The usual treatment is to have removable dentures but some patients want a more permanent solution. If there are one or more missing teeth, a fixed bridge can be the treatment of choice.
The procedure for fixed bridges is the same with dental crowns.
Both require multiple appointments to your dentist.
First, tooth reduction is done, followed by the impression of the tooth. The mold of the tooth is sent to the laboratory for processing and upon return, it will be tried in for the fit and for the shade assessment.
If no adjustments are needed, the fixed bridge or crown is cemented on the reduced tooth. Upon cementation of these restorations in the mouth, the patient is expected to follow a meticulous oral hygiene regimen like flossing and brushing.
When the fixed bridge or crown is kept clean, it can survive longer in the mouth and it can decrease the tendency of replacements of the restoration.
It will last for at least 7 to 12 years.
WRITTEN BY: DR. MARI ELIZABETH PERENA | EDITED BY: DR. RICHELLE RAMIREZ
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