In our last blog, we looked at the many ways tooth loss could impact your smile, and the harm that could occur with time. In today’s blog, your Garland, TX, dentist is going to explain how a dental bridge could be the right choice for addressing between one and three missing teeth in a row.
Designing Your Prosthetic
First, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to addressing tooth loss. Each prosthetic needs to be designed specifically with your smile in mind, as this helps ensure proper bite balance, a comfortable fit, and the most lifelike appearance possible. To start, we need to remove structure from the abutment teeth, which sit on each side of the space in your smile. We provide dental anesthesia to ensure the process is comfortable for you! After we do this, we take detailed measurements, impressions, and images, all of this enabling us to begin designing and crafting your new bridge in a dental lab setting. We then provide a temporary bridge to fill the gap until your final prosthetic is ready.
The Placement Process
When you return to the office, we will remove the temporary and check the fit of the permanent one. If necessary, we will make final adjustments before placing it. We then place the crowns, which set on either side of the replacement teeth, onto the abutment teeth. This secures the prosthetic in place, and with proper care and attention, it can last 10 to 15 years on average. We also take steps to tint the material, ensuring your new teeth blend seamlessly with your smile.
Safeguarding Your Smile
Now, you can take steps to not only preserve your bridge, but also protect your smile from further tooth loss. Be sure you brush your teeth when you wake up and again before going to bed. Each session should take about two minutes! Make sure you use a fluoride toothpaste too. We also suggest flossing every night before bed, moving tape up and own each side of every tooth, and dipping below the gum line too. For your prosthetic, you also need to brush it and floss around it. We also suggest cleaning the spaces between the top of the gums and the bottom of the prosthetic. If you have any questions about preventing tooth loss, or about creating a lifelike dental bridge, then contact our team today.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT DENTAL PROSTHETICS?
We want to help you maintain optimal oral health, which means addressing any missing teeth with a replacement option. To learn more about ensuring your enjoy a complete and lifelike smile, 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.