When teeth are missing, a fixed bridge is a good choice for replacing them. A bridge can prevent a chain reaction of problems, including shifting teeth, difficulty keeping teeth free of plaque and bacteria, loss of bone in the jaw, difficulty chewing, grinding and clenching, and pain in the jaw joint (TMJ -The temporomandibular (tem-puh-roe-mun-DIB-u-lur.)
When you lose a tooth, the biting forces change on the teeth next to the space, and they begin to shift. And since the opposing tooth no longer has anything to chew against, it begins to extrude out of its socket. These changes create places around the teeth that are hard to keep clean, so plaque and bacteria quickly accumulate. 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, or TMJ.
Determining if a Bridge is Right for You
To determine of a bridge is right for you, we’ll perform a thorough examination to make sure that the surrounding teeth can provide a strong foundation for the bridge. The exam often includes taking X-rays, and probing around the teeth to check for periodontal disease.
There are several kinds of bridges, so we’ll talk with you about the best type for your situation. A bridge replaces missing teeth, and it’s a great way to maintain a stable bite and restore your smile.
Dr. Erramouspe – Rocks Springs, Wyoming Dentist