We may lose our teeth as a result of gum disease or possibly even an injury or accident. Whatever the cause, addressing your missing teeth and replacing them helps prevent serious complications for your smile’s appearance, health, and even your facial structure. How does your Des Moines, IA, dentist offer lifelike replacement teeth?
The Risks of Untreated Tooth Loss
What kind of problems can untreated tooth loss cause? Well, the gaps in your smile may mean that surrounding teeth can drift from position. Misalignment then occurs, which alone could increase the chances of tooth decay and gum disease developing. The pressure on the jaw joints and the bite imbalance of one or more missing teeth could also lead to a higher risk of TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding or clenching). Finally, many people could have trouble eating a cavity of foods. Difficulties speaking could also arise, as well as embarrassment regarding your overall appearance.
For those with between one and three missing teeth in a row, we can often place a dental bridge to address the tooth loss and restore the smile to optimal health and function. The prosthetic contains your new teeth, along with crowns attached to either end. We remove structure from the natural teeth on either side of the gap, which will act as abutment teeth. We place the crowns on them to secure your new ones in place. The prosthetic will be custom-made from strong and lifelike materials to ensure a more attractive appearance and the ability to absorb serious bite forces. On average, they last about 5 to 10 years.
Full and Partial Dentures
More severe cases of tooth loss may benefit from full or partial dentures. A partial denture can address multiple gaps spread out across your arch. The prosthetic contains a base made from acrylic that is designed to mimic the look of gum tissue. The lifelike teeth will be set into the base, and metal clasps will attach to the natural teeth to anchor the prosthetic in place. A full replaces every tooth on one or both arches, and is held in place with suction. Both of these will be custom-made to ensure a comfortable fit and a prosthetic that blends with your facial structure and remaining teeth. If you have any questions about treating tooth loss or returning your smile to optimal health and function, then contact our team today. We would love to help you start 2020 with a whole smile!
Have You Lose a Tooth?
For people with one or more missing teeth, we may have solutions with custom-made and durable dental prosthetics. For more information on our bridges and dentures, schedule a consultation with Dr. Burds by calling Gateway Dental Group in downtown Des Moines, IA, at (515) 244-9565.