What Makes A Bridge Look Natural?
A dental bridge is a prosthetic that we use for replacing one to three missing teeth in a row. Each one we offer is custom-made, and we take steps to offer a more lifelike option. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about how we create a bridge that looks natural and lasts for many years to come!
Creating a Custom Option
The prosthetic helps address missing teeth, and will provide a comfortable fit and a lifelike appearance. To accomplish this, we will custom-make your dental prosthetic. To begin, we will need to examine your smile and assess the cause of your missing teeth. You may have underlying issues that need treatment, such as periodontitis. Next, we administer a local numbing agent before we remove structure from the teeth on either side of the gap, known as abutment teeth. Our team will gather detailed images of these prepped teeth, and use them to design the prosthetic.
Placing a Dental Bridge
The bridge will consist of new teeth and custom crowns attached to each end. They will be made from ceramic, a durable material that we also color-match to blend with the smile seamlessly. When the prosthetic is ready, we will attach the crown portions to the abutment teeth, we secure the new ones firmly in place. They can last about 10 to 15 years, and to keep them strong and protect your oral health, you should brush and floss them, and clean the spaces between the top of the gums and the bottom of the prosthetic.
Protecting Smiles from Tooth Loss
You can also take measurements to help limit the risk of future tooth loss. For example, be sure that you always brush twice a day and floss every evening, as these actions help control plaque and tartar buildup. You should then see us every six months for a checkup and cleaning, so we can watch for signs of trouble and offer treatment quickly. We also remove all plaque and tartar before issues like decay, infection, and periodontal disease can develop and threaten smile stability. You also help by cutting back on sugary foods and drinks, and avoiding tobacco products too.
If you have any questions about our lifelike dental bridges, or about taking your tooth loss with other tooth replacement options, then contact our team today.
Ready for a Custom Denture?
A prosthetic that is custom-made for your smile offers quality replacement for missing teeth. If you have any questions about replacing one or more missing teeth, or if you would like to schedule a consultation today, please contact Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX, at (281) 592-1234. You can also find our practice at 205 E. Houston St. Cleveland, TX 77327.