NEWSLETTER ISSUE 6 – MAY 2021 – DENTAL BRIDGE – WHY REPLACE A MISSING TOOTH?
There are many reasons why a tooth may be missing. There may have been irreversible damage to the tooth due to disease; trauma or they simply are never there.
Leaving an empty gap between teeth can be a problem in many different ways
It will reduce the efficiency of chewing, can be unsightly and may cause detrimental effects to other teeth in the area. Teeth adjacent to the missing tooth will migrate or tip causing the general bite to become crooked. Tipping of teeth will make it more difficult to clean leading to gum and tooth diseases. When you are biting and the tooth is out of good alignment, it will cause uneven and excessive force leading to fractured teeth.
Having seen the consequences of having missing teeth, it is definitely worth considering replacing them if you are in an unfortunate situation where a tooth has to be removed. In the end, it’s not just one tooth doing the chewing. Teeth work in unison, they work as a team in harmony with each other. It is the start of your digestion. They allow you to chew the food into smaller pieces so it can be swallowed properly. Efficient chewing will mean it minimizes the load for your stomach and so on. Proper chewing is of paramount importance.
There are different ways of replacing your missing teeth. Each has pros and cons. It is probably best to speak to your dentist and be clear of what your choices are and decide on a treatment modality that suits you best.
CASE STUDY: WHAT HAPPENED TO BOB? – BY DR HYUN SOO YU
I was treating Bob who had unfortunately lost his molar due to wear and tear over the years. Since he lost his tooth, he found that he could chew properly and could not enjoy his meat as much.
Bob and I discussed his options and we thought a dental bridge would be the most suitable option for him. We spent two visits overall and he had his missing tooth back! It looked and felt like his own tooth and the best thing was he could chew his favourite food again!
WHAT IS A DENTAL BRIDGE AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
A dental bridge replaces missing teeth with false teeth. The bridge is attached to the real teeth on either side of the gap left by the missing teeth. Bridges are usually made of porcelain or metal, or a mixture of the two. They are fixed in place and, for some people, are an alternative to dentures.
You might need a dental bridge if you have a missing tooth or teeth and have healthy teeth on either side of the gap left by the missing teeth.
To prepare for a dental bridge, our dentist will usually file down the 2 healthy teeth on either side of the gap and then take a mould to make your bridge.
Interesting dentistry facts
- Third molars are called ‘wisdom teeth’ because we should be wiser by the time they appear. But hold on, it does not mean you are no longer wise when they taken out!
- 5% of Australians have lost every tooth
- Kissing a donkey was a Middle Age remedy for toothache. Can you guess why?
- Believe it or not, blue brushes are way more popular in the household than red brushes.
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