When you have lost a natural tooth, you could feel embarrassed about your appearance. Over time, these gaps could also cause your overall oral health to worsen. To address minor cases of tooth loss, your Bedford, MA, dentist may create a dental bridge. But what makes these new teeth look natural, and how to we keep them bright following placement?
Designing Your Prosthetic
First, let’s talk about how a bridge works. The prosthetic contains replacement teeth, up to three in a row. These are known as pontics. Attached to the end of your pontics, is a dental crown. The crown then secures the pontics by being placed on the natural teeth on either side of the gap in your smile. To ensure a proper fit, good bite balance, and of course, a natural appearance, we need to custom-make them. We start by removing structure from the teeth on each side of the gap. We then take detailed impressions and images of your smile, which help us design and craft your new prosthetic in a dental lab setting.
Creating a Lifelike Bridge
We may use materials like ceramic or porcelain to create them. The not only absorb bite forces and withstand the pressures of daily wear, but they can be tinted to blend with the rest of your smile. We want to make sure the finished product blends with your smile, so you can’t wait to smile for your next picture with friends!
Placement and Care
When the finished product is ready, you will return to the office. We will check the fit and if necessary, make a few final adjustments. Finally, we place it with a powerful bonding agent, the same used to secure crowns. Once in place, the new prosthetic will be able to last between 10 and 15 years with proper care and attention. You should brush the pontics and crowns just as you do for your natural teeth, and floss around them as well. We also suggest cleaning the spaces between the top of the gums and the bottom of the bridge, where food particles could become trapped. Routine care helps keep your new teeth in place, but also safeguards your natural ones from issues linked to tooth loss, like infection or periodontal disease. If you have any questions about addressing minor or severe tooth loss, then contact our team today. We want to help you obtain optimal oral heath, and a full smile.
Do You Have Questions About Prosthetic Dentistry?
Our team is ready to help address the gaps in your smile with a durable and lifelike prosthetic. To learn more about treating tooth loss, then schedule a consultation by calling Kennedy Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Bedford, MA, today at (781) 275-0200.