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Tooth Loss After a Bridge - What are Your Options?

Posted on 9/25/2016 by Dr Wael Garine
A diagram of how a dental bridge works.Losing a tooth, or even several, can have an impact on your life.

Your speech and eating abilities may be affected, especially if you are missing several teeth. Missing teeth need to be replaced.

A common option used to replace a missing tooth, or a section of missing teeth, is a bridge. But what happens if you lose more teeth after receiving a bridge?

What is a Dental Bridge?

A bridge is a dental appliance meant to replace missing teeth. The false tooth, or teeth, are set between two crowns, which are cemented on surrounding healthy teeth.

These teeth act as anchors, holding the bridge in place. Because there are no roots in the spaces where teeth are missing, the bone is no longer stimulated.

This can then lead to deterioration, which can lead to tooth loss of the surrounding teeth, including the anchor teeth on which the bridge sits.

New Dental Bridge

Losing the anchor teeth means losing the bridge. Provided the next surrounding teeth are strong and healthy, you can be fit for a new bridge.

Partial Denture

Rather than grinding down the next set of healthy teeth and receiving a new, bigger, crown, you can opt for a partial denture.

A partial denture is removable, so you can take it out at night to thoroughly clean it. It is attached to your surrounding teeth with metal clasps. It is not as aesthetically appealing, but your surrounding teeth are preserved.

Dental Implants

One of the best options if you have suffered further tooth loss is dental implants. Provided your bone is still strong enough, titanium implants are placed in your jaw and a partial bridge is set atop.

Implants act like tooth roots, stimulating your jawbone, slowing and even stopping further deterioration.

Don't let further tooth loss get you down. Contact our office to find the best option that works for you.

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