Losing one or more of your teeth is a recipe for serious complications, with major impacts on your smile’s function, health, and beauty. To avoid these complications, you need to fill the gap in your smile with a dental prosthetic. In today’s blog, your Baxter, MN, dentist will look at how we address missing teeth with a lifelike dental bridge.
The Complications of Missing Teeth
What happens once one or more of your natural teeth become lost, whether due to injury, poor oral health, or advanced gum disease? Well, the body will take note of the missing root and in response, suspend the flow of calcium and phosphorus to the jawbone. Without these nutrients, the bone tissue itself begins to break down, leading to an aged appearance and further tooth loss. Surrounding teeth could also drift to the position of the teeth, causing misalignment and increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. For others, the joints connecting your jaw and skull could become strained, which leads to painful disorders like TMD and bruxism (teeth grinding).
Crafting a Custom Prosthetic
A bridge fills the gap in your smile, preventing misalignment and maintaining proper bite balance. The prosthetic consists of new teeth, referred to as pontics, and dental crowns attached to each end. We start the process by removing structure from the abutment teeth, which sit on each side of the gap. We then take detailed impressions and measurements, using this to design the bridge itself. The prosthetic is crafted from materials like ceramic, which can be tinted to look natural, and also absorb daily bite forces.
Placing Your New Bridge
When you return for a second visit, we will attach the crowns to the abutment teeth to secure them firmly in place. We may also secure them with dental implants, which means we don’t need to remove tooth structure, and that the growth of jawbone tissue is stimulated too, preventing the loss of mass and density. A crown-secured bridge tends to last 10 to 15 years before requiring replacement, and an implant version could last much longer. To keep them strong and ensure long-lasting restoration, you need to clean them along with your natural teeth when you brush and floss. Be sure you also clean the spaces between the tip of the gums and the bottom of the prosthetic, where food could become trapped! If you have any questions about our solutions for minor tooth loss, then contact our team today.
Greenhaven Family Dental Creates Natural-Looking Tooth Replacements
Greenhaven Family Dental understands the damage untreated tooth loss can cause, which is why we have custom-made prosthetics available. To learn more about our solutions for missing teeth, then you can contact Greenhaven Family Dental in Baxter, MN at 218-454-0523.