Anytime a tooth has been removed or is about to be extracted, the most important factor would be to choose from the four types of dental bridges available.  It is not in the best interest of the rest of the healthy teeth left behind that an area where a tooth has been extracted be left vacant.  There are many health issues that can arise because of a missing tooth such as loss of jaw bone material, healthy teeth shifting, and damage to the healthy teeth during normal wear such as chewing and eating.  Opting to do nothing can mean that more extractions and even more procedures in the future, which is not something most patients want to face.


No matter which type of apparatus the patient ultimately decides upon, making the decision to have one or the other is crucial.  Installing one of these pieces may mean having crowns affixed to the teeth on both sides of the gap so that the apparatus can then rest on it.  It may mean that the patient decides to have implants installed and then allow the apparatus to be attached to them.  A patient can even have dental bridges installed when there is only one point to anchor it to, such as in the back of the mouth.

It is extremely important to make sure that the mouth is in good health.  Infections and other issues in the mouth have been linked to other problems within the patient’s body, such as heart health problems and diabetes.  Oral health is just as important as the patient’s overall health and directly contributes to it.