Losing between one and three teeth in a row threatens the health and stability of your smile, not to mention your overall appearance. In order to fill the gaps in your smile, you may need a prosthetic, such as a dental bridge. With lifelike and durable materials, we can provide Mansfield, TX, patients with a strong and long-lasting solution to tooth loss!
What Dangers Will Tooth Loss Pose?
Did you know missing teeth impact tooth alignment? When we lose one, the gap in our smile allows surrounding teeth to drift from position, causing misalignment. Along with poor alignment comes a greater risk of tooth decay and gum disease. More advanced cases of tooth loss could also lead to issues eating or speaking clearly. Finally, you may feel embarrassed about the appearance of your smile, which could cause issues with your social life.
Creating Your Custom Bridge
First, we need to prepare the teeth on each side of the gap in your smile. We remove a small amount of structure from them, and then we take detailed impressions and measurements of the smile. We may provide a temporary as we begin crafting your custom-made one. When you return to the office, we can place it. The bridge itself will consist of one to three new teeth with crowns attached to each end. Our team often uses lifelike materials, such as ceramic, to ensure they blend with the smile and also have the ability to absorb serious bite forces and pressure.
Placement and Routine Care
We place the crowns onto the prepared teeth with a powerful bonding agent, which secures the new teeth firmly in place. With care and attention, your prosthetic could last between 10 and 15 years before requiring replacement. Caring for them means brushing your prosthetic and flossing around it, just as you do your natural teeth. After all, the teeth supporting the prosthetic will still be susceptible to decay, infection, and gum disease. You should also take care to clean the spaces between the top of the gums and the bottom of the prosthetic, where food can accumulate. Be sure to see us every six months as well, so we monitor your new teeth and also provide a dental cleaning, removing all plaque that could threaten your smile. If you have any questions about replacing missing teeth, or about receiving a dental bridge, then please contact our team today.
Have You Lost Natural Teeth?
If you suffer from minor or severe tooth loss, our team is ready to help with a natural and looking and dependable dental bridge. To learn more about our custom-made prosthetics, schedule a consultation by calling our dentist’s office in Mansfield, TX, today at 817-473-6227.