When you have lost a tooth, or a few in a row, then we could use a prosthetic to fill the gap and preserve your smile. Each dental bridge we prescribe is custom-made, and offers a lifelike appearance. In today’s blog, your Newhall, CA, dentist talks about how a dental bridge provides a full smile again.
The Impact of Your Missing Teeth
When you have lost a tooth, this leaves behind a gap that could upset bite balance and alignment, as nearby teeth begin to drift from position. The resulting misalignment makes thorough brushing and flossing more difficult and changes your smile’s appearance. You’re more vulnerable to issues like tooth decay and gum disease. The changes to bite balance also make the onset of TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding) more likely too. You could also have trouble eating your favorite foods, speaking clearly, or you could simply feel uncomfortable in social situations. Don’t let this missing tooth impact the quality of your life, talk to our team about a possible replacement option.
The Dental Bridge
Our bridges are custom-made and designed to preserve the balance and alignment of your bite, as well as offering a lifelike appearance. To begin, we will administer a local numbing agent and then gently remove structure from the teeth on each side of the gap in your smile. These are known as abutment teeth. We then take detailed digital images of the area from multiple angles, using them to create a digital 3D model. In a dental lab, this information helps us design and craft a prosthetic with accuracy and precision. When your prosthetic is ready, it will contain new teeth with crowns attached to each side. We place the crowns onto the abutment teeth, securing the new ones firmly in place. We also craft the prosthetic from ceramic, which can be color-matched to blend with your smile seamlessly!
Preserving Your New Smile
To help your new teeth last, and to protect the rest of your natural ones, we suggest daily care. You should brush twice a day for two minutes, and also use a fluoride toothpaste too. You also need to floss every evening, and clean the space between the top of the gums and the bottom of the prosthetic, as food particles could accumulate there. A visit for a checkup and cleaning every six months is also beneficial! If you have any questions about treating tooth loss, or about our dental bridges, then contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Have Lost Teeth?
We would love to help you maintain a complete smile with a dental bridge. You can schedule an appointment for a custom dental prosthetic by calling your Newhall, CA, dentist, Dr. Tajik, at (661) 259-7760.