When you lose one of your teeth, or have a gap due to multiple missing teeth in a row, then we could offer a lifelike and durable replacement option. For minor tooth loss, we can create a new prosthetic known as a dental bridge. In today’s blog, your Leawood, KS, dentist talks about our lifelike dental bridges.
The Factors Behind Your Tooth Loss
We could lose our teeth due to injury to the smile, or as a result of an untreated cavity or dental connection. For most people, the advanced stage of gum disease, known as periodontitis, is responsible for their missing teeth. When you develop gaps in your smile, this could lead to trouble eating, difficulty speaking clearly, and embarrassment regarding your appearance. Your smile is also vulnerable to misalignment, jaw joint strain-related disorders like TMD and bruxism (teeth grinding), and poorer oral health. To avoid these complications, you need to see treatment. For minor tooth loss, a dental bridge is a great choice.
Creating a Custom Dental Prosthetic
Each one is custom-made to ensure a comfortable fit, balanced bite, and of course, a lifelike appearance. We also employ strong materials that can be color matched to blend with your smile and also handle daily bite forces. To get started, we will numb the teeth on each side of the gap and then remove structure from them. We take detailed digital images of them from multiple angles, and use these in a dental lab to design and fabricate the finished product. The prosthetic consists of new teeth with crowns on one or both sides. We attach these crowns to the prepared teeth, seducing them firmly in place for up to 10 to 15 years on average.
Support With Dental Implants
With dental implants, we don’t remove structure from the abutment teeth. Instead, we insert one to two dental implants into the jaw, where they act as new roots. The prosthetic is then attached to them. The dental implants prevent the loss of mass and density in your smile, so you avoid further tooth loss and your prosthetic can last for decades to come, instead of just 10 years on average. Our team can help you decide which bridge is right for you, so you can enjoy a full smile again, as well as your favorite meals!
If you have any questions about how we treat missing teeth with a custom bridge, or about securing them with dental implants, then contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Have Questions About Dental Prosthetics
Contact Dreem Dentistry in Leawood, KS by calling 913-681-5500 to learn more about how our team can address minor tooth loss with a custom and lifelike dental bridge.