Your 32 permanent teeth are intended to work in tandem with their partners in your bite pattern to efficiently break down food into small pieces that can be safely swallowed. When a single tooth is lost to an untreated case of tooth decay or some form of severe dental trauma it can do more than simply hamper your natural oral function.
If you don’t have the tooth restored in a reasonable amount of time the structural changes in that part of your mouth can also affect the alignment of the nearby teeth. If the missing tooth was in the front of your mouth it could also change your speech and the overt appearance of your smile.
If you have recently lost a tooth, it best to schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Vincent Mayher. After a thorough examination and assessment he can help you explore your dental restoration options.
In some of these cases our dentist might be able to prevent further complications by performing a dental bridge restoration. The treatment process is intended to help hold the neighboring teeth in place, while also restoring the tooth’s basic function in your mouth.
Our dentist can start by forming abutments out of the two closest teeth. This may call for him to remove the existing tooth enamel layer from each tooth to create abutments with the necessary strength to anchor the dental bridge in place.
When it is ready the dental bridge will be cemented onto the anchoring abutments with a special dental adhesive to restore the tooth’s basic function in your mouth and prevent further complications.
If you live in the Haddonfield, New Jersey, area and you are missing a tooth, you should call 856-429-0404 to explore the dental restorations offered at Vincent C. Mayher, DMD, MAGD.