When you lose a tooth (or two or three) then you may develop complications for your oral health and even your ability to eat your favorite meals. To help people in Albuquerque, NM, suffering from tooth loss, we may create and place a custom-made dental bridge. How do we craft these lifelike tooth replacement options, and how long do they last?
The Causes and Health Risks of Tooth Loss
We may lose teeth for a number of different reasons, such as an accident or injury. Advanced decay or infection could increase the risk of losing a tooth, as could periodontitis, the advanced stage of gum disease. In fact, periodontitis, is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. When we lose a tooth, the surrounding teeth could eventually drift from position, causing misalignment and increasing the risk of oral health complications. The strain on your jaw joints due to missing teeth also increases the risk of TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). Over time, you could also experience difficulties eating and speaking clearly, and these issues could even increase the chances of further tooth loss!
The Dental Bridge
To fill the gap and prevent oral health complications, we may suggest a dental bridge. The prosthetic consists of your new teeth, which are referred to as pontics, with dental crowns attached to each end. We remove structure for the natural teeth on either side of the gap, called abutment teeth, and place the crowns onto them. This supports your new teeth and provides a firm and durable placement option. We create the prosthetic based on detailed impressions and images we gather of your smile, and craft them using lifelike materials, such as ceramic. Your new teeth not only absorb daily bite forces, but can also offer a natural-looking appearance!
Preserving Your New Smile
With proper care and attention, your new prosthetic could last as long as 10 to 15 years. To ensure you enjoy a long-lasting prosthetic, be sure you brush and floss around your bridge each day. Also, clean the space between the top of the gums and the bottom of the prosthetic, where food particles could accumulate. In addition, also always make time to see our team every six months so we can monitor your new bridge, your natural teeth, and help you continue to enjoy optimal oral health. If you have any questions, then please contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Replacing Missing Teeth?
Our team understands the importance of a whole smile and provides a custom-made solution to minor tooth loss. For more information on our restorative treatment options, then schedule a consultation with us by calling Snow Park Dental in Albuquerque, NM, today at 505-299-2979.