Losing a tooth to severe decay, damage or extraction can lead to a number of different complications. At first, it might only impair your ability to bite and chew food. If the tooth was visible in your smile, it might affect your appearance. It could even slur your speech. If the tooth isn’t replaced, it can cause the surrounding teeth to alter their alignment in response to the void.
One of the most effective methods for replacing the missing tooth is to have your dentist, Dr. R. Nab, install a dental bridge. A dental bridge in Houston, Texas, is two crowns fused together with a third representative tooth in the middle. It is mounted on a pair of abutments that are formed by the two closest neighboring teeth.
It generally requires two separate appointments to completely install a bridge. During the first appointment, your dentist will examine the two neighboring teeth to make sure they are completely healthy.
The dentist will then use a drill to remove the tooth enamel from the two neighboring teeth on each side of the void. This leaves behind a pair of abutments that will later serve as anchor points for your new bridge.
An impression will then be made of the area, which will be sent to our dental lab. This will serve as a guide for the technician when custom making your final bridge. Once this is done, a hard, plastic, temporary crown will be secured over each abutment to protect them.
When your new bridge is ready, a member of our staff will call you to set up a second appointment. The temporary crowns will be removed and your dentist will cement the bridge onto the abutments during this appointment.
If you are missing a tooth, we invite you to call Midtown Dental at 713-520-0555 to have it replaced.