If you have minor tooth loss, such as between one and three lost teeth in a row, then your smile could benefit from treatment. Otherwise, complications could eventually arise that mean poorer oral health and even further tooth loss! In today’s blog, your Redmond, OR, dentist looks at how we protect smiles with a dental bridge.
The Complications of Adult Tooth Loss
Did you know that when you lose a tooth, the surrounding teeth may eventually begin to drift from position? The resulting misalignment not only harms your smile’s appearance, but could increase the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, as thorough brushing and flossing becomes more difficult. For others, the pressure on the jaw joints due to missing teeth could lead to TMJ disorder and/or bruxism, two jaw joint disorders linked to headaches, jaw pain, and even damaged or decayed teeth. Others could experience trouble eating, or avoid social situations due to embarrassment.
Creating a Custom Bridge
To help restore your smile, we will start by removing structure from the teeth on each side of the gap in your smile. We refer to these as abutment teeth. We then take a series of detailed impressions, images, and measurements. Using this information, we will craft a prosthetic that consists of your new teeth, known as pontics, with crowns attached to each end. We craft them from durable materials like porcelain, which can also be shaded to match the color of surrounding teeth. We place the crowns onto the abutment teeth to secure your new ones firmly in place.
Protecting Your Smile
Did you know that the same care that ensures your new bridge lasts for many years to come also protects natural teeth from issues related to tooth loss, like infection or gum disease? Be sure you brush and floss your teeth daily, brushing twice each day and flossing before bed each night. Also, clean the space between the top of your gums and the bottom of the prosthetic, where food particles can accumulate. Make time to see our team every six months as well, so our team can make sure your bridge remains strong and durable, and that you aren’t at risk of losing further teeth. If you have any questions about tooth loss, or about how we create and place a custom bridge, then contact our team today. We offer our patients access to lifelike and dependable prosthetics, restoring your smile’s function, health, and yes, appearance as well.
Do You Have Questions About Prosthetic Dentistry?
We can help you enjoy a complete smile once more with a custom and durable dental prosthetic. To learn more about our tooth replacement options, schedule a consultation by calling Coppertop Family Dentistry in Redmond, OR, today at 541-923-5927.