When you have a missing tooth, your problems are not over yet. Because the tooth is no longer there to support the adjoining teeth, they can begin to shift position in your mouth. This will cause those teeth to misaligned or even become loose. The whole, where the missing tooth once lived, becomes a trap for food and bacteria which can lead to conditions such as gum disease. In some cases, when the root and bone is exposed, serious problems can arise without proper cosmetic dental treatment.
A dental bridge – usually permanently fixed – is a replacement for the missing tooth. Although there are occasions where the bridge will come loose, they usually last a lifetime. Looking after your oral health, once the bridge is fixed, should help you avoid any issues. The bridge itself needs to be molded from an impression of the vacant space where the tooth needs replaced.