When you have minor tooth loss, you need a prosthetic to fill the exposed gaps and protect your oral health and bite function. But we also take care to ensure your prosthetic offers a lifelike appearance too! In today’s blog, your Brighton, MA, dentists talk about creating bridges that fit seamlessly.
The Importance of Treating Your Missing Teeth
When you lose a tooth, or two to three in a row, you have a gap that needs immediate attention. Obviously, this impacts your appearance and could lead to embarrassment in social situations. But the gap could cause misalignment to develop as the teeth shift, and could then increase the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, as uneven teeth are more difficult to brush and floss. The changes to your bite balance due to tooth loss could lead to the onset of jaw joint complications, such as TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). You could also find eating your favorite foods difficult. But with a prosthetic, such as a dental bridge, we can help fill these gaps and protect your oral health and smile beauty!
Designing Replacement Teeth
Each bridge will be custom-made for our patients, which ensures a proper fit and a balanced bite, as well as a more lifelike appearance. To begin, we will numb the teeth on each side of the gap in your smile. Known as abutment teeth, we will remove structure from them so they can support the crown portions of your new teeth. We then talked detailed images and measurements, which we use to design and craft your prosthetic in a lab setting. The bridge will consist of replacement teeth with crowns on one or both sides. Made from ceramic, this can be shaded to blend with your smile and easily handle daily bite forces and pressures.
Securing Your New Teeth
With a traditional option, we will attach the crowns to the abutment teeth, which secures your new bridge in place for 10 to 15 years on average. However, we could also insert one to two dental implants instead, and attach the crowns to them, saving tooth structure and also providing a prosthetic that can last decades. Our team can help decide which is right for you, so you can smile with confidence again and enjoy a long-lasting prosthetic.
If you have any questions about how we create and secure a bridge for your smile, or if you have missing teeth that need immediate attention, then reach out to our team today. We want to help you enjoy a full smile again, so you can show off your pearly whites with confidence.
Speak With Your Brighton, MA Dentist About Dental Prosthetics
Talk to the Brighton Family Dental Group in Brighton, MA, today at (617) 562-5210 about how our team offers a custom solution to minor tooth loss.