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Why Missing Teeth Need To Be Replaced

- Jan 24, 2019 -

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Why Missing Teeth Need To Be Replaced

Teeth need each other for support.  When you lose a tooth, the biting forces change on the teeth next to the space, causing the teeth to shift.  In addition, the opposing teeth no longer have anything to chew against, so they may begin to extrude out of their sockets.  These changes create places around the teeth that are hard to keep clean, so plaque and bacteria accumulate quickly.  This accumulation can cause tooth decay and periodontal disease.


Changes in the bite can also put improper chewing forces on the shifted teeth, and this can lead to loose teeth and loss of jawbone, especially when periodontal disease is already present in your mouth.  An uneven bite makes it harder to chew your food and may lead to grinding and clenching.  A bad bite can also create painful problems with your jaw joint, the TMJ.


The Benefits Of A Three-Unit Bridge

When teeth are missing, a fixed bridge is a good choice for replacing them.  A dental bridge is a great way to maintain a stable bite and restore your beautiful smile.  Some of the advantages to placing a three-unit bridge, 

they:

  • replace teeth for biting and chewing

  • assist in clear speech

  • help prevent teeth from shifting

  • are supported by crowns that can serve as restorations for neighboring teeth that may have had damage or decay

When you need to replace a missing tooth, a three-unit bridge can be a functional, good-looking solution.


Determining The Need For A Bridge

When a tooth needs a restoration, we can often use CAD/CAM technology.  The letters “CAD/CAM” stand for “computer-aided design” and “computer-aided manufacturing”.  We can use this technology to custom-design and fabricate tooth-colored restorations, often times, all in one appointment.  CAD/CAM restoration are often the best choice for a healthy, beautiful, and natural-looking smile.


We proudly make  restorations with CAD/CAM technology for in-office design and manufacturing of zirconia crowns, bridges and veneers.  For over 30 years, it has provided technological precision, superior design, and excellent performance to thousands of practices.


The restorations allow us to do more for our patients in less time while saving money as it often eliminates the need for a second appointment.   continues to be the innovation leader, allowing you full-contour zirconia crowns, often, in a single visit.


Placing A Three-Unit Bridge

A three-unit bridge is custom-made for you, it can sometimes take two appointments to complete your bridge.  Once the area is numb, we us the handpiece to remove any decay and shape the teeth that will support the bridge.  Then we take an impression or a digital scan of your teeth.  A model of your mouth is made from this impression or scan that will be used in creating your custom bridge that precisely fit your teeth and bite.  In the event we would need two appointments to complete your bridge, we would use the model to also create a temporary bridge that you will wear while your custom bridge is being made.