Supporting Bridges With Dental Implants
When you have lost a tooth, or up to four in a row, you could benefit from the placement of a dental bridge. These look natural and prevent major complications with your smile. For a long-lasting option, we could secure the prosthetic with dental implants. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about implant-supported bridges.
Treating Minor Tooth Loss
Losing between one and four teeth in a row leaves a gap behind that could impact your oral health. The surrounding teeth could drift from thief position due to the gap, which causes misalignment and worsening impacts on your oral health and smile beauty. The gap could alter the balance of your bite, straining the jaw joints and leading to TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). You could have difficulty eating your favorite foods, speaking without difficulty, or feeling comfortable in social situations. But the most severe complication is the loss of mass and density in your jaw, which happens when your body registers the missing roots and suspends the flow of calcium and phosphorus to the jaw. As a result, you’re at risk of further tooth loss and a prematurely aged appearance. But with an implant bridge, we can prevent these complications.
Creating the Custom Option
First, let’s talk about creating the bridge portion. To create the prosthetic, we will first take digital images and x-rays of your smile, which we use in a dental lab setting to design and fabricate the bridge. The prosthetic will contain new teeth and crowns attached to once or both sides. We use ceramic to create them, as this material can absorb daily bite forces and also be shaded to blend seamlessly with your smile.
Support with Implant Dentistry
With a traditional option, we would remove structure from the teeth on each side of the gap. But with the implant version, we insert one to two dental implant posts directly into the smile, which prevents further loss of mass and density, as the new post stimulates the growth of jawbone tissue. We then attach the crown portion to the posts. As a result, you have a prosthetic that can last decades as opposed to the 10 to 15 years that traditional ones last. The prosthetic looks natural too, and you rush and floss it like natural teeth. If you have any questions about how our team treats tooth loss with dental implants and a lifelike dental bridge, then contact our team today to learn more.
Talk To Your Cleveland, TX Dentist About Prosthetic Dentistry
Our team wants to help you enjoy a secure and lifelike dental prosthetic. For more information on treating tooth loss, then contact your Cleveland, TX, dentist, Dr. Uhrenholdt, by calling (281) 592-1234.