A Dental Bridge Is a Common Remedy for a Missing Tooth

Published on August 4, 2017

Losing a tooth can lead to additional complications. While you will certainly experience a decreased ability to chew, a lost tooth could also alter your smile’s appearance, and the clarity of your speech. The loss of the tooth can also lead to long-term complications.

The empty space in your mouth can cause the nearby teeth to gradually drift out of their correct position. This could lead to excess wear and tear on the related teeth in your bite pattern. In time, the compromised tooth enamel may foster tooth decay and dental fractures.

To prevent these complications, and restore the full use of your tooth Dr. Samaniego might recommend installing a dental bridge. This is a standard piece of dental work that consists of a pair of crowns fused to an artificial tooth. It will eventually be anchored in your mouth on abutments formed from the core of the two closest teeth.

Dr. Samaniego will create the abutments by using a dental drill to remove the tooth enamel from each of those two. A detailed impression is then made of the abutments and any nearby teeth. The impression will be sent to a dental lab where your new bridge will be created.

When it’s ready, you will need to come back for a follow up appointment. Once Dr. Samaniego cements the bridge into place your fully restored tooth will last for many years to come.

If you live in the Las Cruces, New Mexico, area and you’re missing a tooth, you should call 575.523.1479 to explore the dental restoration options offered at Las Cruces Dental Associates.