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FAQs: Do I Need A Bridge For My Missing Tooth?

A missing tooth, or multiple missing teeth, means poor oral health and negative impacts on your smile’s appearance. In order to help our Johnston, IA, patients enjoy healthier smiles, we may address tooth loss with a dental bridge.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Bridges

Question: Are they right for me?

Answer: That depends! We first examine your smile to assess the cause and severity of your tooth loss. Next, we look for any underlying health issues that may require treatment before we proceed with tooth replacement options. Finally, we choose the best option for your smile. If you have between one and three missing teeth in a row, that may mean a dental bridge.

Question: How do you create them?

Answer: We first need to prepare the teeth on either side of the gap in your smile. We need to make room for dental crowns, which will be placed onto these teeth to support the pontics (replacement teeth). Then, we take detailed impressions, which will be used in a dental lab to design and create the prosthetic.

Question: Can they be supported with dental implants?

Answer: In addition to holding them in place with dental crowns, we can offer a more secure alternative by placing one or more dental implants to secure your new teeth. Dental implants last longer and help stimulate the growth of jawbone tissue, which helps reduce the risk of further tooth loss.

Question: How do they benefit my smile?

Answer: Addressing tooth loss reduces the risk of misalignment, which occurs when teeth drift from position due to gaps in the smile. The resulting alignment issues also leads to a greater risk of tooth decay, gum disease, TMJ disorder, and bruxism. If you have any questions about replacing lost teeth with dental bridges, then contact our team today.

Looking for a Tooth Loss Solution?

Dr. Lawson and our team want to make sure missing teeth don’t prevent you from enjoying a healthy and beautiful smile. Talk to us today about our tooth loss solutions. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling our sleep dentistry office in Johnston, IA, at 515-278-4366.


Do You Have An Uneven Smile?

Dr. Lawson and our team want to help you enjoy a more even and healthy smile. To learn more about our clear and esthetically-pleasing orthodontic solutions, schedule a consultation by:

calling our dentistry office in Urbandale, IA, at 515-278-4366.

We also serve residents of Waukee, Grimes, Johnston, and Clive, IA.

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