Having a tooth knocked out, lost to decay, or extracted can have some serious ramifications for your overall oral health and function. Even if you get used to the alterations in your appearance and the decreased ability to chew, other complications can arise later. You see, the teeth in your mouth are held in place by their neighbors. When a tooth is extracted or lost, the neighboring teeth will slowly start to move toward the void. The resulting alignment issues can cause chips and fractures on the corresponding teeth in your bite.
To prevent complications like this, your dentist, Dr. Bartholemew Schultz, might recommend a dental bridge restoration. For all intents and purposes, a dental bridge in Savage, Minnesota, is a replacement tooth that is fused to a pair of crowns on each end. It will eventually be anchored in your mouth on abutments that are formed from the core of the two closest teeth.
Dr. Bartholemew Schultz will form the abutments by removing all of the tooth enamel from each tooth. Then, he will cast an impression of the area, including the corresponding teeth in your bite. This will be sent to a special dental lab where your final bridge will be produced. Then, he will cement temporary crowns over each abutment to protect it.
Dr. Bartholemew Schultz will call you in for a brief, second appointment when your bridge is ready. The temporary crowns will be removed and the bridge will be cemented into place onto the abutments.
If you have lost a tooth, you should call 952-894-2545 to explore your restoration options at Smiles of Distinction.