Dental emergencies can occur to anyone, at any age, but they are significantly more common among the elderly. It is not uncommon for dental emergencies to require tooth replacement procedures.
In Motion Dentists frequently provides our geriatric patients in Orange County with emergency dental services to address tooth loss quickly. These are some of the most common options:
A dental bridge is a minimally invasive procedure designed to replace one or more consecutive missing teeth with the help of the natural teeth on either side.
The bridge consists of a prosthetic tooth attached by two dental crowns. We prepare the remaining teeth on either side of the gap and fabricate customized crowns onto them, which provides support for the prosthetic.
This option is great for replacing a tooth without surgery, but it has a few drawbacks. For instance, we must alter the teeth that support the bridge, which can weaken them and leave them more susceptible to damage and decay if not taken care of. Bridges also do not stimulate jaw bone growth; therefore, they can lead to bone loss.