Did you know that losing even one tooth could increase the risk of misalignment, TMJ disorder, bruxism, and in some cases, further tooth loss? To avoid oral health complications, you should seek tooth replacement as soon as possible. With a dental bridge, we can offer Des Moines, IA, patients lifelike tooth replacement for between one and three lost teeth in a row.
The Traditional Dental Bridge
A traditional dental bridge helps address minor tooth loss for our patients. We begin the process by removing a small amount of tooth structure from the teeth on either side of the gap in your smile. Next, we take a series of detailed impressions of your smile, which we use to help design and create the prosthetic. The prosthetic itself will consist of the replacement tooth or teeth, with dental crowns attached to each end. We place the crowns onto the prepared teeth with a powerful bonding agent, which secures the teeth firmly. We create the prosthetic using lifelike materials, such as ceramic, to ensure they not only blend with the smile, but also provide strong and secure tooth replacement. With care and attention, your prosthetic could last between 10 and 15 years!
The Implant Secured Option
For a longer lasing prosthetic, we also have an option that employs dental implants. We will insert the dental implants directly into the jawbone, where they bond with the bone tissue like natural tooth roots. We create a prosthetic based on detailed impressions and measurements we have taken the smile, and instead of using crowns, we attach the bridge to the dental implants. This preserves natural bone structure on surrounding teeth, while also securing your new teeth. Since dental implants act as new tooth roots, your replacement teeth have the potential to last for decades, if not a lifetime, with proper care and attention.
Preserving Your Smile
Addressing your missing teeth helps improve your oral health. A bridge preserves surrounding teeth from drifting due to gaps in the smile, helping people avoid misalignment and a greater risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Filling the gaps in your smile keeps serious pressure from impacting the jaw joints, reducing the chances of TMJ disorder and bruxism. Finally, the dental implants also stimulate the growth of jawbone tissue, which often deteriorates following tooth loss. Simply put, this prevents further tooth loss and strengthens the smile. If you have any questions, then please contact our team today.
GATEWAY DENTAL GROUP OFFERS TOOTH LOSS SOLUTIONS
With our tooth replacement options, we can offer a lifelike and durable solution for minor tooth loss. To learn more about replacing missing teeth in Des Moines, IA, including bridges, dentures, and implant dentistry, then please give us a call. To schedule an appointment, call our office today at (515) 244-9565.