When you have minor tooth loss, we have a potential solution with a dental bridge. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist discusses how we can use this prosthetic to offer a lifelike option that restores function to your smile once again. We’re also looking at the dangers of ignoring your missing teeth!
Creating a Lifelike Dental Prosthetic
How do we design and craft a custom-made dental bridge for your smile? To begin, our team will first administer a local anesthetic to the teeth on either side of the gap, so we can comfortably remove structure from them. Once we do, we take detailed digital images of these teeth. In a dental lab, we use the images and impressions to design and craft the bridge. The prosthetic will contain new teeth and custom crowns attached to them, all made from ceramic. This material can absorb daily bite forces and offers a natural appearance. We even color match them to blend with your smile!
Securing Them with Crowns or Implants
For traditional dental bridges, we will attach the crowns to the prepared teeth, securing the prosthetic firmly in place for about 10 top 15 years, as the jaw ridge will change shape and necessitate the replacement of your new teeth. However, we could also insert one to two dental implants into the arch and the crowns can be attached to them. Which means we don’t need to remove structure from natural teeth! The implants also stimulate the growth of jawbone tissue to prevent jaw ridge changes, so bridges can last for decades to come!
The Benefits of a Prosthetic
When you secure a prosthetic, this prevents misalignment from occurring. Misalignment develops when surrounding teeth drift from position due to the gap in the smile. Poor alignment not only alters smile beauty, but increases the risk of cavities and gum disease. A bridge also balances the bite, so you avoid painful complications like TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). You can eat your favorite foods again, smile with confidence, and speak without difficulty.
If you have one or more missing teeth, don’t let the function, health, and beauty of your smile suffer. Instead, give our team a call so we can start you on your journey to a full smile! We can also discuss full and partial dentures, and even dental implants!
Do You Have Questions About Prosthetic Dentistry?
Our team is ready to help you enjoy a smile without unsightly gaps! If you have any questions about how our team can treat 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.