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When you lose a tooth, it can cause several profound changes and potential complications. Alterations in your appearance, clarity of speech, and a decreased ability to chew are just some of the early problems you will likely experience. As time goes on, the structural void in the area can influence the nearby teeth.

Each tooth relies on the structural presence of its neighbors to maintain its proper alignment and position. In time, the neighboring teeth can start to drift slightly toward the void and even alter their orientation in your bite pattern. As this happens, you are at increased risk of suffering enamel attrition and dental fracture problems.

To prevent these complications and restore the full function of your mouth, the dentists at Anderson Dentistry’s Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, clinic might suggest a bridge restoration.

This is basically an artificial tooth that replicates the appearance of a natural tooth. It is fused into one single piece of dental work with an open crown on each end. It will eventually be anchored onto abutments formed out of the healthy core of the two neighboring teeth.

Forming each abutment calls for removing the entire tooth enamel layer from each of these teeth. This leaves behind a pillar of dentin surrounding the healthy pulp and root of the tooth.

Your dentist will then form a detailed impression of the two abutments as well as the corresponding teeth in your dentition. This will be sent to our off-site dental lab where the bridgework will be created. They will then secure a temporary crown over each abutment to protect them while the dental lab does their work.

A short follow-up appointment will be needed to install the bridge once the lab has completed it. The temporary crowns will be removed and your dentist will cement your bridge in place with a dental-grade cement.

If you live in the Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, area and you are missing a tooth, you should call 843-884-2021 to explore your dental restoration options at Anderson Dentistry’s dental office.