The loss of a single tooth in your mouth can do much more than simply limit your ability to bite and chew food. A missing front tooth can also affect your speech and the appearance of your smile. Some cases of tooth loss can also affect the surrounding oral structure leading to gradual changes in the alignment of the nearby teeth.
As time goes on the misaligned teeth can might meet improperly with their partners in your bite pattern leading to chipped tooth enamel and dental fractures. Some of these cases can also lead to chronic problems with dental attrition.
To prevent these latent tooth loss complications a dentist like Dr. Robert C. Freeman might recommend installing a dental bridge. It consists of an artificial tooth that is incorporated with two dental crowns. The dental bridge will need to be mounted to a pair of abutments formed from the two closest neighboring teeth.
After preparing the abutments by removing the tooth enamel layer from the teeth he will prepare an impression to help guide the dental lab technicians who will create your dental bridge.
When it’s ready you will need to return to our office to have the dental bridge cemented in place with a strong dental adhesive.
If you live in the Knoxville, Tennessee, area and you have recently lost a tooth, you can call 865-577-7535 to have it restored at our office.