When you have lost a tooth, then the gap could mean trouble for the health of your smile. To fill the gaps with a lifelike prosthetic, we could place dental bridges. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about how we craft bridges and support them with implant dentistry. A full smile is possible again!
Creating a Dental Bridge
We always take time to custom-make your dental bridge, which ensures the finished product will fit comfortably, and provide a balanced bite upon placement. This process also ensures it looks natural, and can blend with your smile seamlessly. We begin by taking detailed digital images and measurements, which we use to design and craft the prosthetic. The bridge contains new teeth with crowns attached to each end, all made from ceramic, which we shade to blend with your smile. The same material can also absorb daily bite forces and pressure. We use them to address between one and three missing teeth in a row.
When Your Smile Needs One
When you lose a tooth, or up to three in a row, then you need a prosthetic. Otherwise, your teeth could drift from position to cause misalignment, which in turn increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, and has a negative impact on the appearance of your smile. The strain on your bite and jaw joints from the missing teeth also increases the risk of TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). If you have lost a tooth, or more than one, then please let us know right away. We want to help you enjoy a complete smile once again!
Support with Dental Implants
Traditional bridges will involve placing the crowns we mentioned above onto the natural teeth on either side of the gap, known as abutment teeth. These tend to last about 10 to 15 years on average. However! We could instead insert dental implants into the smile and attach the crowns to these. This preserves natural tooth structure, and the implants act as new roots, protecting the strength of your jawbone. As a result, your new teeth can stay in place for several decades, often a lifetime with proper care and attention. If you have any questions about treating tooth loss, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, then let us know today. You can use your 2021 dental benefits before they run out!
Do You Have Questions About Prosthetic Dentistry?
Our team wants to help find the best way to fill the gaps in your smile. If you would like to talk about solutions for your missing teeth, 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.