A dental bridge helps replace between one and three missing teeth in a row. Typically, they’re held in place with dental crowns. However, we can also support one using implant dentistry. Do you have questions about implant-supported dental bridges?
Frequently Asked Questions About Implant-Supported Bridges
Question: How does tooth loss impact your smile?
Answer: When you lose even a single tooth, your smile can develop misalignment as surrounding teeth drift from position due to the gap in your smile. Over time, an uneven smile and gaps in your smile can increase the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, TMJ disorder, and bruxism. Replacing your missing teeth can help preserve the health and appearance of your smile.
Question: How do you place dental implants?
Answer: We work with an oral surgeon, who will insert the dental implants surgically into the jawbone. After the area heals and the implants bond with the jawbone, a process known as osseointegration, we will attach the bridge portion. The bridge will consist of the replacement tooth or teeth, known as pontics, with crowns attached to either end. We attach the crowns to the implants, securing the new teeth firmly in place.
Question: Will the bridge look natural?
Answer: Yes! The crowns and pontics will be custom-made based on impressions taken of your smile. We also use lifelike materials, such as ceramic or zirconia, to ensure they blend with the rest of your smile.
Question: How do I prevent further tooth loss?
Answer: You can start by seeing the dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. We can identify problems in the early stages and clean the teeth to reduce the risk of gum disease and tooth loss. You should also brush your teeth twice a day and floss every night before bed. Finally, cut back on sugary foods and drinks and avoid smoking or using other tobacco products.
Do You a Need a Dental Bridge?
Dr. Lawson and our team can secure a strong and natural looking bridge with implant dentistry. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling our sleep dentistry office in Urbandale, IA, at 515-278-4366.