Why Should I Replace A Missing Posterior Tooth?

How to Use Dental Bridges:

According to statistics, the first thing that people notice is your smile. Your smile talks a lot about you. It leaves a lasting impression in people’s minds. People judge you based on your smile. So it is important to keep your smile intact, bright and long lasting.

Gaps in your smile due to lost teeth can be easily filled with dental bridges. Dental bridges have been used to replace missing teeth for decades. With the advent of dental implants, dental bridges have been sidelined, but are still a valid option to replace one or two missing teeth.

Why should I replace a missing posterior tooth? It is not an esthetic concern.

When you are missing a tooth, the teeth on either side drift into space. This causes food lodgment, gum problems and occlusion problems. There will be an excess load on these drifted teeth since the biting force is no longer along the long axis of the tooth. This will lead to accelerated periodontal disease and may also lead to fracture of the teeth. The tooth in the opposing arch may also supra-erupt over time limiting the amount of space available for future replacements. Hence it is extremely important to replace a missing tooth in a timely manner.

You may choose a dental bridge or an implant to replace a missing tooth. In order to decide which is best for you ask your dentist several questions -

  • Is there enough bone volume to place an implant?
  • How long will it take before I get my final crown if I decide to go for implant route?
  • If I do not wish to undergo extensive bone grafting procedures for implants is a dental bridge a better option?
  • Will a dental bridge feel and function similar to my natural tooth/ implants?
  • Are my anchor teeth strong enough to take the load of another tooth?
  • What is the cost-benefit ratio of a dental bridge versus a dental implant?

Sometimes it is better to go for a dental bridge than an implant when several surgical procedures are required to place an implant. Or your medical condition is a contraindication for dental implants. Your dentist will examine your teeth and suggest appropriate treatments.

If you have any queries related to missing tooth replacement, feel free to consult our emergency dentist in Philadelphia.


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