Each of your teeth have a specific function. Your incisors, cuspids, bicuspids, and molars each play a role in how you chew and speak. When one of these teeth is missing, the other teeth will attempt to make up for the loss. Tooth loss can result in teeth drifting from their natural position, creating malocclusion, or misaligned bite.
Excessive tooth wear is also an issue associated with tooth loss. For instance, if a molar is missing, the surrounding bicuspid and molar will inherit the intense chewing pressure usually handled by the missing molar. Our Chicago dentist recommends restorative dentistry treatments to prevent excessive tooth wear and misaligned bite. A dental bridge is a great option for replacing one of more teeth in an arch.
What is a dental bridge?
Much like a structural bridge, dental bridges consist of two anchor points which support a structure over a gap. Dental bridges include two porcelain crowns, bonded to surrounding teeth, which support an artificial tooth in the middle. The teeth surrounding the gap, known as abutment teeth, are the bases for the dental bridge.
Porcelain crowns cover the entire exposed portion of each abutment tooth with durable porcelain that is not only shaped to look like a natural tooth, but also dyed to match the specific color of your smile. In between these crowns, an artificial tooth hovers over the socket of the missing tooth. This section of the bridge replaces tooth function and restores your ability to chew with ease.
Restorative Dentistry in Lake Forest
If you have a missing tooth, contact Lake Forest Dental Arts at (847) 234-0517 to schedule a restorative dentistry consultation. We are currently accepting new patients in Lake Forest, North Shore, Glen View, Winnetka, and the neighboring Chicago communities.