When you suffer from minor tooth loss, action can be taken to protect your smile and prevent major complications. With a dental bridge, our team can craft and secure a lifelike and durable dental prosthetic. In today’s blog, your El Paso, TX, dentist talks about how we place a dental bridge.
The Impact of Your Missing Teeth
Even one missing tooth is cause for concern, and a reason to seek tooth replacement with our team. Otherwise, this gap could cause nearby teeth to shift from position, causing poor alignment and increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. You could experience negative changes to your bite balance, which in turn leads to TMJ disorder and bruxism (chronic teeth grinding). If you lose more than one tooth, the risk of complications eating and speaking clearly increases as well. Which is why you should consider a dental bridge to protect your smile!
Creating a Custom Dental Prosthetic
Each dental bridge we provide will be custom-made to ensure a proper and comfortable fit, and a balanced bite moving forward. We also take steps to ensure they look natural and blend with your smile. First, we will numb the teeth on each side of the gap and then remove structure from them. These are known as abutment teeth. We then take detailed digital images of the area and use them in a lab setting to design and fabricate your new teeth. The prosthetic will contain pontics (new teeth) with crowns attached to each end. We craft them from materials like ceramic, which can endure daily bite forces and also be shaded to blend with your smile seamlessly!
Securing Your New Teeth
For traditional bridges, we will attach the crowns to the abutment teeth, which secures them in place for 10 to 15 years, at which point they will likely need replacement as the jaw ridge changes shape. However, if we instead insert dental implants, this can prevent changes to the jaw ridge, and can attach the crowns to them, preserving the structure of your surrounding teeth. Your new budget can then stay in place for decades to come. If you have any questions about dental bridge, or about implant dentistry, then contact our team today to learn more. We’re ready to help you obtain a complete and beautiful smile with our custom and lifelike dental prosthetics.
TALK TO SUNNY SMILES IN EL PASO, TX, ABOUT PROSTHETIC DENTISTRY
Our team wants to help you enjoy good oral health and a full smile using our custom and durable dental prosthetics. If you’re ready to schedule a visit with our team to learn about tooth replacement, then contact our Sunny Smiles location on N Zaragoza Rd in El Paso, TX at 915-849-9000.