It isn’t unusual to lose a tooth due to an accident or gum disease; it can affect your smile and confidence if you have a gap.
These unfilled spaces, as well as affecting your appearance, can put a strain on the other teeth and may cause the surrounding teeth to rotate and drift out of position, causing a host of problems including encouraging your remaining teeth to grow crookedly. a bad bite, hard to clean teeth, gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. Your speech can also be affected by a missing tooth.
In many cases, a missing tooth can be replaced with a dental bridge, so natural-looking that most people will not even notice the difference.
A dental bridge is basically just a false tooth to replace a missing one, and it is called a bridge because it is kept in place with two crowns on either side of it. It should function just as well as if they were your natural teeth.
Each person is different and each has a unique smile, bringing a challenge for fitting a bridge. So your dentist will take a mould of your teeth and a made-to-measure bridge can then be created in a laboratory. We will also colour-match your teeth so that the newly created bridge will match perfectly to your existing, natural teeth.
Before a bridge can be made, the tooth, or teeth, adjacent to the missing tooth must be reduced in size so that the bridge will fit over it properly.