A tooth could become lost for a number of different reasons, from an unexpected injury to untreated gum disease. But what happens once a tooth becomes lost? In today’s blog, your Albuquerque, NM, dentist explains the dangers a missing tooth could cause, and how we can help restore the gaps in your smile!
The Risks of Missing Teeth
When you lose a tooth, this resulting gap in your smile could impact overall dental alignment, as teeth may drift from position, causing them to crowd or become crooked. Poor alignment means difficulty brushing and flossing, and hiding places for food to become trapped. These factors increase the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. You may also have trouble eating your favorite foods, or the gaps could impact bite balance and lead to a greater risk of TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). The body will also notice and suspend the flow of nutrients to the jawbone around the missing teeth. Over time, this could cause the bone tissue to break down, leading to further tooth loss and in extreme cases, older appearance.
Creating Your Dental Bridge
To replace between one and three lost teeth in a row, we may prescribe dental bridge. The prosthetic consists of your new teeth with crowns attached to each end. The placement process begins with the removal of structure from the natural teeth on either side of the gap in your smile. We take detailed impressions and use the information gathered to design the prosthetic. The crowns will be placed on these prepared teeth, anchoring the new ones in place. We often craft the bridge from ceramic and other lifelike materials, ensuring we can shade them to match the color of surrounding teeth and provide a natural appearance. With proper care and daily cleaning, they can last about 10 to 15 years.
To preserve the structure of surrounding teeth, we may opt to secure the bridge with dental implants. We insert the implants into the jawbone, where they bond with the bone tissue and act as new tooth roots. The crowns on the bridge attach to these implants. Since the dental implants also stimulate the growth of bone tissue and prevent the loss of density that follows tooth loss, this allows them to last much longer, decades in some cases. If you have any questions about treating tooth loss, then contact our team today. Don’t let tooth loss harm your smile’s health and beauty!
Do You Have a Missing Tooth?
We can help you enjoy a full smile once more with a lifelike and durable dental prosthetic. For more information on custom-made tooth replacement options, then schedule a consultation with us by calling Snow Park Dental in Albuquerque, NM, today at 505-299-2979.