When you lose one tooth, your minor tooth loss could still cause pretty major problems for your smile’s health and stability. To improve smile beauty and preserve its function, you need to seek tooth replacement. In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist talks about replacing a missing tooth with a dental bridge.
The Impact of One Lost Tooth
What happens once a single tooth is lost? Well, the gap could complicate how you eat, may impact how clearly you speak, and could lead to embarrassment regarding your appearance. But the surrounding teeth could drift from position due to this gap, the resulting misalignment then further alters your appearance and increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, as brushing and flossing your teeth is now more difficult. The strain on your jaw joints from missing teeth could also lead to issues like TMJ disorder and bruxism (persistent teeth grinding). The causes if tooth loss could include injury, tooth decay, infection, or in most cases, the advanced stage of gum disese known as periodontitis.
Designing a Bridge
To replace between one and three lost teeth in a row, we may suggest a dental bridge. The prosthetic consists of new teeth, which we call pontics, with crowns attached to either end. To create then, we first remove structure from the natural teeth that sit on either side of the space in your smile. We call these abutment teeth. Our team next takes detailed digital images and measurements of these teeth and the smile, using the information in a dental lab to begin deigning and crafting the prosthetic. The finished product is created from materials such a ceramic, which is not only durable and strong, but can be color-matched to blend with the rest of your smile seamlessly.
Placement and Care
You then return to the office, so we can place the crown portions on your abutment teeth, securing the pontics firmly in place. You enjoy a compete and attractive smile, and the prosthetic itself can last 10 to 15 years on average! To keep them in place, you need to make sure the abutment teeth supporting them stay strong and healthy. Be sure you brush and floss daily, and clean the space between the top of the gums and the bottom of the prosthetic. Make time to see us for a checkup and cleaning every six months as well! If you have any questions about treating missing teeth with a bridge, give us a call!
TALK TO YOUR DES MOINES, IA DENTIST ABOUT DENTAL BRIDGES
Our team is ready to help you enjoy a complete smile again with our replacement options. To find out more about the value of a custom-made dental prosthetic, then please contact your Des Moines, IA, dentist, Dr. Burds, by calling 515-244-9565.