When you lose a tooth, or up to three in a row, then you may benefit from a dental bridge. Fixed in place and created with lifelike materials, a bridge could help you enjoy a full and functional smile again. In today’s blog, your Bedford, MA, dentist explains how we create and place a custom-made dental prosthetic.
The Long-Term Impacts of Tooth Loss
When we lose even one tooth, this could cause major complications for the health and stability of our smiles. For example, surrounding teeth may drift from position, the resulting misalignment changing your smile’s appearance and also increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. In addition, the gaps in your smile may place pressure on the jaw joints and as a result, boost the likelihood of issues like TMJ disorder or bruxism (teeth grinding). Others could feel embarrassed about their appearance, or may even have difficulty speaking clearly or eating their favorite foods as the rate of tooth loss worsens.
Creating a Dental Bridge
To prevent these complications, we suggest seeking tooth replacement as soon as possible. When you come to our office, we will examine your smile to see what prosthetic is right for you. If we decide on a bridge, we will remove structure from the natural teeth on either side of the gap in your smile, which are known as abutment teeth. Next, we take detailed impressions and measurements, which we use to design and create a prosthetic.
The prosthetic will consist of the pontics, or new teeth, with crowns attached to each end. We design them to not only fit comfortably and provide a durable chewing surface, but to also look natural and blend with the rest of your smile, often using lifelike materials like ceramic.
Placement and Routine Care
When your bridge is ready, we attach the crowns to the abutment teeth to anchor the new ones in place. Fixed in place, they never need to be removed for cleaning and soaking, and they have the potential to last 10 to 15 years on average, providing long-lasting and durable tooth replacement. Routine care keeps them strong, including brushing and flossing (and cleaning the spaces between the top of the gums and the bottom of the prosthetic). You also benefit from checkups and cleanings, so we can monitor your smile and remove all plaque buildup. If you have any questions, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Replacing Missing Teeth?
We want to help return your smile to optimal health, function, and beauty with a fixed dental bridge. To learn more about our custom tooth loss solutions, then schedule a consultation by calling Kennedy Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Bedford, MA, today at (781) 275-0200.