What Type Of Bridge Will My Smile Need?

If you have lost one or more teeth, don’t let a gap in your smile lead to problems with your oral health. Instead, talk to your Des Moines, IA, dentist about our dental bridges. With a custom prosthetic, we can help improve the function and beauty of your smile. Which type of bridge will you need? How do we create one that fits comfortably and looks natural?

Crown-Secured Bridges

The most common form of bridge is held in place with dental crowns. To start, we will remove structure from the natural teeth on either side of the gap in your smile. We refer to these as abutment teeth. We then take detailed impressions, images, and measurements, which we use to design your prosthetic. The bridge will be crafted from durable and lifelike materials, such as ceramic. The new teeth, also known as pontics, will have crown attached to each end. We place the crowns onto the abutment teeth, which anchors the pontics in place. On average, these last for about 10 to 15 years with proper care and attention, and can address between one and three missing teeth in a row.

Implant Alternatives

For a longer-lasting and more secure option, we may forgo crown support completely. No need to remove structure from your abutment teeth either. Instead, the new teeth will be attached to dental implants. We insert them into the jawbone, where they act a new tooth roots. The prosthetic still contains pontics and crowns, but the crowns don’t need to be placed on abutment teeth, they instead attach to the dental implants. The implants can last for decades, if not a lifetime, with proper care and attention. Again, we will take steps to ensure your new teeth look completely natural and blend with your smile.

Don’t Ignore Your Tooth Loss

Tooth loss has been linked to bite imbalance, a higher risk of TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding), and difficulties eating and speaking clearly. In addition, lack of treatment could increase the risk of further tooth loss in the coming years, creating more negative impacts on your overall oral health. Don’t let minor tooth loss lead to serious problems for your smile, instead talk to our team about possible solutions. If you want to see which option is best for you, then schedule a consultation so we can examine your smile and assess the cause and severity of your tooth loss.

Ready to Replace Your Missing Teeth?

Our team understands the dangers of tooth loss, and offer lifelike solutions to return smiles to optimal function, health, and beauty! To learn more about our tooth replacement options, then schedule a consultation with Dr. Burds by calling Gateway Dental Group in downtown Des Moines, IA, at (515) 244-9565.