When we lose our teeth, this could eventually lead to complications with our oral health and smile beauty. However, in order to prevent these complications, your Vista, CA, dentist may recommend creating and placing a set of custom-made bridges. In today’s blog, we’re looking at how we use bridges to improve your smile following tooth loss!
The Causes and Dangers of Missing Teeth
Did you know that losing even one tooth could upend the alignment of the rest of your smile? Often, teeth surrounding the gaps drift and lead to crowding, crooked teeth, or overlapping. Poor alignment not only impacts our smile’s stability, but also leads to a higher risk of tooth decay and gum disease, as thorough brushing and flossing is now much more difficult. For others, losing a tooth means pressure on the jaw joints and bite balance, increasing the likelihood of TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). Missing teeth also cause embarrassment for some, and could impact how you eat or even lead to trouble speaking clearly!
Crafting The New Teeth
To prevent the complications we discussed above, you need to seek replacement options for your missing teeth. To start, we will administer a local anesthetic and then gently remove structure from the teeth on other side of the gap in your smile. Next, we take detailed impressions and measurements of these prepared teeth and the gap itself. The information gather enables our team to then design and craft a prosthetic.
The bridge will consist of the pontics, or new teeth, with crowns attached to each end. Typically, we address between one and three missing teeth in a row. The materials we craft them from will be durable and lifelike, usually ceramic. We even shade this material to ensure your new teeth blend seamlessly with the rest of your smile.
Placement and Maintenance
When you return for your second visit, we attach the crown portions to your prepared teeth, anchoring your new ones in place. With proper care and attention, they tend to last between 10 and 15 years, requiring replacement as the jaw ridge changes shape. Keeping them strong means routine care to prevent the abutment teeth from developing decay or becoming lost due to gum disese. You should brush and floss daily, and clean the spaces between the top of the gums and the bottom of the bridge. We also suggest a routine checkup and cleaning every six months!
Our Vista, CA Dentist’s Office Can Provide Beautiful New Smiles
Our Vista, CA dentist’s office is ready to help patients with minor or more severe cases of tooth loss enjoy a full and functional new smile, with a prosthetic that also looks completely natural! For more information, please contact Melrose Dental Arts at 760-724-9117.