There are several reasons why you might be missing a tooth, such as accidental trauma or extensive dental disease. Regardless of the reason, however, the loss means more to your smile than just a visible, potentially embarrassing gap. The empty space in your smile leaves room for your remaining teeth to shift as they try to take up the slack in your bite’s pressure. If your teeth shift, then they’ll be at higher risks of becoming damaged or developing decay. With a custom-made dental bridge, Dr. Burds can help you rebuild your smile and your confidence, as well as avoid more serious oral health complications by replacing your lost tooth.
Implant-Supported Replacement Teeth
A traditional dental bridge consists of one or more replacement teeth supported by crowns that are bonded to nearby healthy teeth. The replacement, or pontic, is fashioned after the precise measurements of your lost tooth and fits comfortably in the gap in your smile. In many cases, though, Dr. Burds may suggest replacing your lost tooth with a dental implant. The implant post, which mimics a natural tooth root, is placed into your jawbone where the missing tooth’s root once rested. Then, a lifelike dental crown can be affixed to the implant post, bridging the gap in your smile while preserving a maximum amount of your healthy, natural tooth structure.
Bridge the Gap in Your Smile
With a custom-made dental bridge, you can close the space in your smile and regain the confidence you enjoyed before suffering tooth loss. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Gateway Dental Group in downtown Des Moines, IA, today at (515) 244-9565. We also proudly serve patients from West Des Moines, Ankeny, Urbandale, Johnston, and all surrounding communities.