Minor tooth loss could mean one to three lost teeth in a row. To replace these missing teeth and ensure you can still smile with confidence, we may suggest a dental bridge. In today’s blog, your Garland, TX, dentist will discuss how we address missing teeth with a lifelike prosthetic, one that is ready to last for many years to come. A full smile is possible!
The Reasons for a Bridge
A dental bridge is a great way to replace a missing tooth, or up to three lost teeth in a row. The prosthetic will contain one or more new teeth, and will have crowns attached to each end. Each one is made from ceramic, a strong material that absorbs daily bite forces and can be color-matched to blend with the rest of your smile, so your new teeth look natural. By addressing your missing teeth, you avoid complications like misalignment, trouble eating and speaking, or a loss of jawbone structure that could lead to additional missing teeth.
Creating Your Custom Prosthetic
To create one, we first administer a numbing agent and for anxious patients, dental sedation. We need to remove structure from the abutment teeth, the natural teeth one each side of the gap in your smile. Next, we take detailed images and measurements of these prepared teeth and your smile with digital scanning technology. The images and measurements will be used in a lab setting to design and craft a completed prosthetic. We check the fit and if necessary, make final adjustments. The crowns will then be attached to the abutment teeth. This secures them for about 10 to 15 years.
Supporting Your New Teeth
In addition to supporting them with crowns, we could also insert dental implants into the jaw, and attach the crowns to them. The implants then prevent changes to the jaw ridge, so your prosthetic could last for decades to come. We will help you decide which option is best for your smile, so you can once again smile with confidence. If you have any questions about how we replace lost teeth with a custom-made dental bridge, or if you have more advanced cases that require a partial or full denture, then contact our team today. A complete smile is possible, and we’re here to help you!
LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR DENTAL BRIDGES
If you have one or more missing teeth and would like a complete smile again, then schedule a consultation today by contacting Mai Dentistry in Garland, TX at (972)-530-0552. You can also find our practice at 6850 N Shiloh Rd, Suite C Garland, TX 75044. Addressing tooth loss helps protect the health and beauty of your smile, so you avoid complications.