A dental bridge is a prosthetic that your Mansfield, TX, dentists use to replace missing teeth, returning the function and appearance of your smile. Each one we create is custom-made specifically for one of our patients. In today’s blog, find out what this process entails, and learn more about the benefits that a dental bridge could offer your smile.
Designing Your New Teeth
When we lose our teeth, the risk of misalignment, TMJ disorder, bruxism (teeth grinding) and difficulties eating and speaking increases with time. To avoid these complications, you need a prosthetic to fill the exposed gap in your smile. If we examine your smile and discover you need a bridge, we will remove a small amount of structure from the teeth on either side of the gap in your smile. We then take detailed impressions of your smile, using the images and impressions to design the prosthetic and create it using lifelike materials. Each one is custom-made to ensure a lifelike appearance and a comfortable fit.
Temporary and Final Prosthetics
While we wait for your final prosthetic to be completed, we will often fit you with a temporary, which safeguards your smile until your final one is ready. You will then return to the office, so we can remove the temporary and place the completed one. Created from ceramic and other lifelike materials, the crowns and pontics (replacement teeth) will match the color and shade of your teeth, blending seamlessly. We will place the crowns on the prepared teeth, which secures your new ones firmly in place. With proper care and attention, your new teeth could last as long as 10 to 15 years.
Maintaining Your New Smile
Routine care is essential for preventing further tooth loss and maintaining your new dental bridge. You should brush and floss your entire smile every day. You need to brush when you wake up and again before bed, with each session taking about two minutes. You also need to floss before going to sleep as well. We also suggest cleaning the space between the top of the gums and the bottom of the bridge, where food particles could accumulate. If you have any questions about replacing missing teeth, or about the care needed to protect your new smile, then contact our team today. We understand the importance of a full smile, and want to help you enjoy a beautiful, healthy, and functional smile once more.
Have You Experienced Tooth Loss?
If you have one or more missing teeth, then you may benefit from a custom-made dental prosthetic. Don’t let tooth loss lead to poor oral health. To learn more about how we replace lost teeth, then schedule a consultation by calling our dentist’s office in Mansfield, TX, today at 817-473-6227.