When you lose a tooth, you don’t have to hide your smile from the world. With a dental bridge, our team can address your missing tooth with a lifelike solution. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about how we craft and secure dental bridges, and ensure your new teeth look natural!
The Causes and Dangers of Tooth Loss
How does a smile lose teeth? This could be rough on by untreated cavities and infections, or even due to injuries to the smile. Losing teeth also weakens the jawbone around the missing roots, which could in turn lead to additional missing teeth. The most common cause is gum disease, as the advanced stage known as periodontitis destroys the tissues connecting the teeth and gums, leading got missing teeth.
Without treatment, these gaps could lead to trouble eating, difficulty speaking clearly, or even embarrassment with your appearance and a negative impact on your quality of life. As your jawbone begins to lose mass and density following tooth loss, this could lead to a prematurely aged appearance too. Which is why addressing tooth loss is so crucial.
Creating a Custom Prosthetic
For minor cases, we could provide a dental bridge. To start, we will numb the abutment teeth, the ones on either side of the gap, and remove structure from them. We then take detailed digital images of the teeth and use them to design and craft the tooth in a lab setting. The bridge will consist of one or more new teeth with dental bridges attached to each end. We often make them from materials like ceramic, which can endure daily bite forces and also has the ability to be color matched and blend with the smile. We then attach the crowns to the prepared abutment teeth to anchor the new ones firmly in place. These can last about 10 to 15 years on average before replacement is necessary.
Support with Dental Implants
We could also secure them with dental implants. With this option, we insert one to two free standing implant posts, no need to take structure from natural teeth. We then connect the crown portion to the posts, securing your end smile. The implants prevent the jawbone from losing mass and density with time, so your new prosthetic can stay in place for decades to come, or possibly even a lifetime.
If you have any questions about addressing tooth loss, then contact our team today to learn more. A new smile is possible!
Talk To Your Cleveland, TX Dentist About Replacing Missing Teeth
Our team is ready to help you enjoy a complete smile in 2023. For more information about treating tooth loss, then contact your Cleveland, TX, dentist, Dr. Uhrenholdt, by calling (281) 592-1234.