Dental Bridges Provide A Full Smile Again

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When you have minor tooth loss, such as one to three missing teeth in a row, then we could prescribe a prosthetic to restore beauty and function to your smile. A dental bridge is a custom-made and lifelike solution, one that can last up to 15 years in some cases. In today’s blog, your Bedford, MA, dentist talks about our dental bridges.

The Causes and Dangers of Tooth Loss

When you suffer from minor tooth loss, such as a single missing tooth, this isn’t just a cosmetic issue. Even the loss of a single tooth could spell trouble for your smile. For example, the gap could cause surrounding teeth to begin to drift from position, which in turn causes dental misalignment to occur. Uneven teeth alone could be a recipe for increased risks of tooth decay and gum disease. The loss of your tooth could also alter how you eat and speak, and could strain your bite balance and put pressure on jaw joints, causing complications like TMJ disorder and bruxism. Don’t let your oral health and appearance suffer, talk to us about tooth replacement.

Creating a Custom Prosthetic

Every prosthetic is custom-made to ensure proper bite balance and comfortable fit, as well as a lifelike appearance. For a bridge, we will numb the area and gently remove structure from the abutment teeth, the ones on either side of the gap. We then take detailed digital images of them, which we use in the design process. The finished product will contain new teeth, known as pontics, with crowns attached to each end. We often craft them from materials like ceramic, which can absorb bite forces and also offer a lifelike appearance. We even shade them to blend with the rest of your smile seamlessly!

Securing Dental Bridges

We will connect the crowns to the abutment teeth with a powerful bonding agent. The result is a prosthetic that fits properly and looks natural, and one that prevents the complications of untreated tooth loss. These can last up to 15 years in some cases, and only need replacement as the jaw ridge changes shape and alters the fit. To keep them strong and protect your natural teeth, be sure your brush and floss daily, eat a healthy diet, and see us every six months for a checkup and cleaning. These actions help protect your smile and keep your prosthetic bright. If you have any questions, then give us a call today.

Do You Have Questions About Tooth Replacement?

We would love to help you smile with confidence once again. To learn more about correcting minor tooth loss, contact us today by calling (781) 275-0200, or by visiting our Bedford, MA dental office as soon as possible.