When you have a missing tooth, or maybe up to three in a row, we could fill this gap with a lifelike and durable dental bridge. We can secure them with crowns or even dental implants. In today’s blog, your Newhall, CA, dentist talks about replacing missing teeth with one of our custom dental bridges.
The Causes and Dangers of Tooth Loss
We could lose our teeth for a number of reasons. For example, an untreated cavity or infection could be a factor, as could an injury to the face or jaw. Advanced gum disease, known as periodontitis, is a major cause as well. When these gaps appear, this could cause nearby teeth to move from position, leading to misalignment and with it, an increased risk of cavities and gum disease. For others, strain on the jaw joints and imbalance from tooth loss could mean the onset of TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). The body could also suspend the flow of calcium and phosphate the jawbone around the missing roots, which causes an aged appearance, a breakdown in jaw structure, and further tooth loss.
Securing New Teeth
For people with one to three lost teeth in a row, we could help with a dental bridge. The process begins with our team administering a local anesthetic to the teeth on either side of the gap. We then remove structure from these abutment teeth and take detailed digital images and impressions. We combine these to create a 3D model of the smile, one that allows us to design and craft a custom dental bridge.
The prosthetic will contain new teeth with crowns attached to one or both ends. We will craft them from ceramic, which endures bite forces and pressure, and can also be color-matched to blend with the rest of the smile seamlessly. When the prosthetic is ready, we will connect the crowns to the abutment teeth to secure the bridge firmly in place. They will last for between 10 and 15 years on average.
Dental Implant Options
For a more secure and lifelike option, we could insert one to two dental implants into the gap in the smile, and attach the crowns directly to them. The implants prevent changes to the jawbone, so your bridge lasts much longer. You also don’t need to remove structure from any natural teeth at all. If you have any questions, give us a call today.
Talk To Your Newhall, CA Dentist About Tooth Replacement
Our team can help treat minor tooth loss with a natural looking prosthetic. If you would like to find out more addressing your missing teeth with a custom prosthetic, then contact your Newhall, CA, dentist, Dr. Tajik, by calling (661) 259-7760.