Unfortunately, there are times when a tooth might be lost due to severe tooth decay or an oral injury. In some cases, a tooth might be so cracked or fractured that our Oak Park Dentistry dental team still can’t save it with a root canal.
While it might be possible to live with a missing tooth, it should still be addressed before it causes future complications. In time, the surrounding teeth twist, turn and migrate to partially fill the void. This can cause alignment and bite issues with several of the surrounding teeth.
If for some reason you’re missing a tooth, Dr. Ronald Flachs might recommend having it completely replaced by a dental bridge.
A dental bridge in Portage, Michigan, has the same appearance and function as a natural tooth or dental crown. However, the bridge is fused to a pair of dental crowns that are anchored to the two remaining teeth that lie on both sides of the gap in your smile.
To begin treatment, your dentist will shape the two anchoring teeth by removing the majority of the enamel layer. A small enamel sheath will be left to protect the healthy interior of the teeth.
Our Oak Park Dentistry team will then form an impression of your smile. This impression will be sent to the dental lab where your permanent bridge will be made. Your dentist will then secure temporary crowns over each anchoring tooth to protect them while the lab technicians work on your permanent bridge.
Once your permanent bridge is completed, we will call you back in for a follow-up appointment. During this visit, the temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented in place.
If you have a missing tooth, you should call Oak Park Dentistry as soon as possible at 269-375-0800 to explore your restoration options.