If you have between one and three missing teeth, then you need a replacement option. While a denture is a bit much, and a single dental implant not enough, a dental bridge could be the perfect choice. In today’s blog, your Garland, TX, dentist talks abut how we create and place natural-looking dental bridges and help smiles stay whole and healthy.
Creating Lifelike Dental Bridges
To ensure they fit comfortably, provide a durable and effective chewing surface, and of course, look natural, our team custom-makes each prosthetic we provide our patients. To begin, we need to remove structure from the natural teeth on either side of the exposed gap in your smile. Known as abutment teeth, these will help secure your new prosthetic. Next, we take detailed impressions, images, and measurements of your smile and the prepared teeth in particular. Using this information, we start the process of designing and fabricating your prosthetic. To create them, we often use materials that can be shaded to blend with the color of surrounding teeth. These materials can also absorb daily bite forces and pressure as well!
Placement and Maintenance
When you return for a follow-up visit after we prepare the abutment teeth, we will check the fit of your bridge and if needed, we will make final adjustments to ensure the best possible fit. We then place the crowns onto the abutment teeth with a powerful bonding agent. These crowns then secure your pontics, or new teeth, ensuring you have a complete smile and one you can show off without worry or hesitation. By brushing and flossing daily, including in and around your new teeth (especially the space between the top of your gums and the bottom of the bridge) you reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, issues that could impact your natural teeth and your new ones.
When to See Our Team
If you lose even a single tooth, please let us know. The sooner we address the issue, the sooner we can prevent common complications, such as misalignment, TMJ disorder, bruxism (teeth grinding), difficulties eating or speaking, or even further tooth loss. If you have any questions about preventing tooth loss, or about replacing your lost teeth with a durable and lifelike dental prosthetic, then contact our team today.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT PROSTHETIC DENTISTRY?
Our team is here to help you maintain optimal oral health with a strong, secure, and yes, lifelike tooth replacement option. To learn more about our prosthetic options and what you can do to safeguard your smile against tooth loss, then schedule a consultation by calling Mai Dentistry in Garland, TX, today at 972-530-0552. For our patients who don’t speak English, our office is fluent in both Spanish and Vietnamese.