If teeth are missing, a dentist will likely be prescribing a diagnosis for bridges for the patient. It is common for a dentist to discuss this type of procedure with a patient who is about to undergo one or more extractions. However, if the tooth was lost due to trauma of some kind or as a result of an earlier extraction, they will still recommend that this procedure be performed.
Once the dentist has ascertained that the diagnosis for bridges is necessary, a preliminary check-up will be performed including X-rays and a full oral examination. This is important so that any areas that might have cavities can be taken care of beforehand. If the teeth next to the area that is now void or will be void are misshapen or broken, they will have to be repaired before they can receive the crown that will be necessary to anchor the apparatus in place.
When teeth are missing in the mouth, the teeth that are left behind have a tendency to move. The reason they move is because their support system has been taken away through the extraction. Now there is no anchor to hold them in place. If they begin to move, they can become decayed because they are now too close together, and may not be very easy to clean.
Pain is another side effect that a patient might suffer from having an area that has no teeth. It may also become quite difficult to eat or speak without having the teeth replaced. Overall, it is imperative that a patient understand why this type of dental procedure can be important to their oral health.