When you have minor tooth loss, a full or partial denture may not be necessary for your smile. But a dental bridge could provide just the option you need to enjoy a full smile again! In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about securing dental bridges, often with advanced and durable dental implants.
Creating a Custom Prosthetic
The bridge portion will be designed to fit comfortably and also offer a lifelike appearance. To do this, we start by administering a local numbing agent and then removing structure for the teeth on each side of the gap. We refer to these as abutment teeth. Next, we use digital imaging systems to gather detailed images, creating a 3D model that allows us to design and fabricate the bridge. The prosthetic will contain your new teeth with crowns attached to each end. We use ceramic or zirconia to create teeth and crowns that absorb daily bite forces and can be shaded to blend with the smile. We then attach the crowns to the abutment teeth to secure your prosthetic in place.
The Benefits for Your Smile
The prosthetic could last as long as 15 years in some cases. Filling the gap means limiting the risk of issues like misalignment, tooth decay and gum disease, and also preventing the disorders that occur from jaw joint strain and bite imbalance, like TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). You can then smile with confidence, eat your favorite foods again, and also speak without complications, often in only two visits.
Supporting Them With Dental Implants
Supporting them with dental implants is also possible! We don’t need to remove structure from natural teeth, as we instead insert the free-standing dental implant posts right into the jaw, where they act as new roots. This also prevents changes to the jaw ridge as the new post stimulates the growth of jawbone tissue. As a result, your new roots could last for decades to come, possibly even a lifetime. We then attach the crown portions to the posts, so you have a complete smile that is ready to last for many more years to come.
If you have any questions about addressing minor tooth loss, or about whether you want a crown-supported or implant-secured option, then contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Have Questions About Dental Prosthetics?
Our team understands how to offer a lifelike and durable solution to missing teeth. If you would like to find out more about our prosthetic treatment options, 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.