A dental bridge will be custom-made and fitted for your smile, ensuring a comfortable experience and of course, a lifelike appearance. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist will discuss the benefits of addressing tooth loss, and how we secure your bridge with crowns placed on natural teeth, or using one or more secure and stable dental implants.
The Factors Behind Adult Tooth Loss
In childhood, losing primary teeth is a normal process. But in adulthood, we shouldn’t lose our natural teeth. If we do, this could be the result of an untreated cavity or dental infection, which causes discomfort and a missing tooth. Other factors include a serious injury to the face or jaw. The most common factor behind adult tooth loss is the advanced stage of gum disease, known as periodontitis, which destroys the tissues connecting your teeth and gums. When you see us for care, we will perform a detailed examination with digital technology to understand the factors behind your tooth loss and to choose the most appropriate treatment option.
Crafting a Lifelike Prosthetic
For those with one to three missing teeth in a row, we may suggest a dental bridge. To ensure a comfortable fit, balanced bite, and a lifelike appearance, we will custom-make them for your smile. The prosthetic will contain one or more replacement teeth, known as pontics, with crowns attached to each end. We often craft them for materials like ceramic, which can be color-matched to blend with your smile, and also absorb daily bite forces and pressures. To secure them in your smile, we may use either your abutment teeth or dental implants.
Support with Crowns and Dental Implants
For traditional bridges, we remove structure from the teeth on either side of the gap in your smile, known as abutment teeth. We then attach the crowns to them, securing your prosthetic for 10 to 15 years on average. They need to be replaced as the shape of your jaw changes. However, we could also insert one to two dental implants into the jaw. We attach the crowns to the implant posts. This preserves tooth structure, and since implants are accepted as natural roots by the body, this stimulates the growth of bone tissue and allows your new teeth to last for decades to come, possibly even a lifetime!
If you have any questions about our treatment options or how we create a prosthetic, then contact our team today.
Your Cleveland, TX Dentist’s Office Provides a Complete Smile
Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX wants to help people find the perfect solution for their tooth loss. To learn more about how we treat tooth loss with a custom-made dental prosthetic, then contact our office at (281) 592-1234 to schedule your appointment today.