Dental Bridges Offer A Solution For A Missing Tooth

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A dental bridge is a way to treat one to three missing teeth in a row. In addition to filling the gap in your smile, they also offer a lifelike appearance and a durable chewing surface. In today’s blog, your Bedford, MA, dentist will discuss how we design and craft a custom-made and natural-looking dental bridge.

The Impact of a Lost Tooth

When you lose a tooth, this could cause major problems for your smile. Aside from the embarrassment of having a gap in your smile, the missing tooth could also upset the balance of your bite and cause nearby teeth to drift, resulting in misalignment. These changes could be linked to tooth decay, gum disease, TMJ disorder, and even bruxism (teeth grinding). To avoid these issues, which could eventually cause further tooth loss, you may benefit from a custom-made dental bridge.

The Dental Bridge

The prosthetic is designed to address between one and three missing teeth at a time. The prosthetic will contain new teeth, as well as crown as affixed to each end. The crowns will be placed on the natural teeth on each side of the gap, known as abutment teeth. This secures the bridge firmly in place. We will craft it from materials like ceramic, which can be color-matched to blend with your smile, and also have the ability to absorb daily bite forces and pressure, so you enjoy a full smile with a lifelike and long-lasting prosthetic.

Crafting a Custom Prosthetic

To ensure a natural appearance and a comfortable bite, each one will be custom-made for your smile. Which means we begin by numbing the teeth on either side of the gap and gently removing structure from them to make room for the crown. We then take detailed digital images and measurements of the area, which will be employed in a lab setting to design and craft the finished product. When the prosthetic is ready, you will return to the office. Our team will check the fit and make any necessary adjustments to ensure a comfortable and balance fit. We then attach the crowns with a powerful bonding agent, securing your new teeth. You will still need to brush and floss around them, and clean the spaces between the top of the gums and the bottom of the bridge. These new teeth can last as long as 10 to 15 years in some cases!

Do You Have Questions About Tooth Loss Solutions?

We would like to help kids of all ages enjoy a complete smile again with a custom prosthetic. To learn more about how we replace missing teeth, then schedule a consultation by calling Kennedy Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Bedford, MA, today at (781) 275-0200.