A gap in your smile could be a source of embarrassment, and lead to complications for the health and beauty of your smile. Fortunately, for more minor cases of tooth loss, we could help with a custom made and lifelike dental bridge. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist will discuss our crown and implant-supported options.
The Factors Behind Missing Teeth
Often, poor oral hygiene could increase the risk of issues like tooth decay and dental infection or abscess, which could lead to lost teeth or the need to extract them. Injury could knock one out or severely damage one too. The most frequent cause of adult tooth loss is periodontitis, a stage of gum disease that destroys the tissues connecting your teeth and gums. No matter the factors behind your tooth loss, the results could be issues eating and speaking without difficulty, misalignment, and even native changes to your appearance or your facial structure!
Crafting a Custom Bridge
A dental bridge replaces between one and up to three lost teeth in a row. Placement helps prevent misalignment, jaw joint strain, bite imbalance and other issues related to tooth loss. We start by administering a local anesthetic, and then removing structure from the abutment teeth on either side of the gap. Next, detailed images and impressions will be taken with digital technology, which we use to design and craft the finished product. Materials like ceramic or porcelain will be used, as they absorb daily bite forces well and can be color-matched to blend with your smile. The prosthetic will contain your new teeth with crowns attached to each end. We then place the crowns onto the abutment teeth, securing your new bridge.
Support with Implant Dentistry
A prosthetic supported with crowns is effective, and lasts about 10 to 15 years on average. However, we could also support them with dental implants, which are inserted directly into the jawbone. This prevents the need to remove structure from natural teeth, and the implants help preserve your facial structure, allowing your new bridge to last for decades to come, maybe even a lifetime!
If you have any questions about how we treat tooth loss with one of our custom bridges, then contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Have Questions About Dental Prosthetics?
When people come to us with minor cases of tooth loss, we can help fill the gap and prevent complications. If you want to find out which option is best for your tooth loss and start the replacement process, then schedule a consultation today by contacting Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX, at (281) 592-1234. You can also find our practice at 205 E. Houston St. Cleveland, TX 77327.