Tooth loss is not minor problem. In fact, losing your natural teeth has been linked to trouble eating and speaking, and even a prematurely aged appearance. However, to help our patients with missing teeth, we may create a custom-made dental bridge. Let’s talk about how we treat tooth loss in Albuquerque, NM, with our custom-made dental prosthetics.
The prosthetic is typically best for patients missing a single tooth or between one and three teeth in a row. If you have missing teeth spread out across the arch, you’ll probably need a partial denture. The bridge itself consists of the replacement teeth, which we refer to as pontics, with crowns attached. When we place the crowns onto the teeth on other side of the gap in your smile, these secure the new tooth. Untreated tooth loss has been linked to the onset of misalignment, TMJ disorder and bruxism, and even further tooth loss and an aged appearance due to the loss of jawbone density. Don’t ignore even a single missing tooth, let our office known so we can discuss your options.
First, we need to prepare the teeth receiving the crowns, which means removing surface structure. We then take a series of detailed impressions of your prepared teeth, which we use in the design process to ensure your new prosthetic fits comfortably. To provide a natural appearance, we create them using lifelike materials, such as ceramic. With ceramic, we have a material that mimics the translucent appearance of tooth enamel, and one that can be shaded to match your smile. After placement, routine care, including brushing and flossing, can ensure the prosthetic lasts for up to 10 or 15 years before requiring replacement.
We also have an option employing implant dentistry. Instead of using crowns to anchor the new teeth, we use dental implants, which means no need to remove surrounding tooth structure. In addition, implants stimulate the growth of jawbone tissue, which prevents loss of bone density and tooth loss. Once we attach the custom-made prosthetic, you have a bridge that can last much longer than 10 to 15 years. If you have any questions about creating and placing our dental bridges, or if you’re ready to tackle your tooth loss, then please contact our team today.
At Snow Park Dental, Dr. Mark A. Miller and our team are ready to help you enjoy a full and beautiful smile by addressing your missing teeth. Contact us today at (505) 596-4479 to schedule a consultation at our Albuquerque, NM, office to discuss our cosmetic treatment options. We welcome patients and families from Rio Rancho, Tijeras, Los Lunas, and all surrounding communities.
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