When you lose between one and three missing teeth, these gaps could cause problems with the health and beauty of your smile. Fortunately, your Garland, TX, dentist can offer a lifelike solution with a custom-made dental bridge. In today’s blogs, we’re looking at how a natural-looking tooth loss solution with our fixed and removable bridges.
The Dangers of Minor Tooth Loss
Even a single lost tooth is cause for concern and should be addressed with a prosthetic. Did you know that the teeth on either side of the gap could begin to drift from position due to the missing tooth or teeth, causing misalignment? Dental misalignment alone often means higher risks of tooth decay and gum disease! In addition, the strain on your jaw joints and bite balance due to missing teeth may mean a higher likelihood of TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). Finally, you could experience difficulties eating and speaking clearly, and you may feel embarrassed in social situations. Don’t let minor tooth loss lead to problems with your oral health and quality of life, talk to our team about possible solutions today.
Removable and Fixed Bridges
A bridge consists of new teeth, known as pontics, with crowns attached to each end. With a fixed bridge, we place crowns on the teeth on either side of the gap, and this fixes them in place so they never slip, and don’t need to be removed. With removable, the bridge can be taken out for cleaning and soaking, similar to removable dentures. Both options will be created based on detailed impressions and images we gather of your smile, ensuring a comfortable fit. We also use materials that mimic the appearance of natural teeth, which helps your prosthetic look lifelike and blend with your smile. They tend to last between 10 and 15 years before requiring replacement or adjustment!
Keeping Your Smile Whole
To avoid further tooth loss, be sure you brush and floss daily to remove food particles and reduce the severity of plaque buildup. You should also see us every six months for a checkup and cleaning, so we can monitor your smile and completely remove all plaque. Routine care lowers the risk of issues like infection or gum disease, and may help manage advanced gum disease, a factor behind missing teeth for most adults. If you have any questions, then contact our team today.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR CUSTOM PROSTHETICS?
Our team wants to help our patients continue to enjoy a full and stunning smile. To learn more about replacing one or more missing teeth, 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.