When you have a missing tooth, you need a prosthetic to fill the gap and prevent complications for your oral health and smile beauty. To provide this, your Kansas City, MO, dentist may suggest a dental bridge. In today’s blog, we’re looking at how we design and create our custom prosthetic, and the benefits a prosthetic could offer protect the stability and beauty of your smile for many years to come.
The Traditional Bridge
The prosthetic is designed to address between one and three missing teeth in row. To begin, we will administer a numbing agent and then remove structure from the teeth on either side of the gap, known as abutment teeth. We take detailed digital images and measurements of the prepared area, and use these in a dental lab to design and craft the final product. The bridge itself will contain your new teeth, known as pontics, with crowns on either end. The crowns will be attached to the abutment teeth and secure the pontics in place. This option is a traditional bridge, and will last for between 10 and 15 years on average!
Supporting Them With Dental Implants
We could also support them with dental implants. Meaning, we insert one or more dental implant post in the jawbone, which acts a new root. We then attach the crowns to these, so we don’t need to remove structure from natural teeth. The dental implants stimulate the growth of bone tissue and can last for decades to come, possibly a lifetime. As a result, your new prosthetic could last much longer than a traditional option.
The Benefits of a Complete Smile
When we fill the gaps in our smile, we prevent the onset of misalignment and other complications, whjch not only cause problems for the beauty of your smile, but could in turn increase the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. You also avoid strain on your bite balance and jaw joints, which reduces the chances of TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). You also enjoy improve confidence, as you can smile without hesitation! If you have any questions about how our team creates a traditional or implant-supported dental bridge, then talk to our team. We want to help you enjoy a strong, full, and beautiful smile for many years to come!
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT TOOTH REPLACEMENT?
We want to help you enjoy a complete and full smile, and avoid the onset of major complications for your oral health and smile function. Which is why we offer prosthetic dental care for our patients! To learn more about addressing minor tooth loss with a lifelike and long-lasting dental bridge, then schedule a consultation by calling Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-897-4288.