What should you do when you lose one or more of your natural teeth? Instead of ignoring the issue, you should schedule a consultation with your Urbandale, IA, dentist. With a custom-made prosthetic, we can address tooth loss and restore the function and beauty of your smile, addressing those gaps with a lifelike dental bridge.
How Does Tooth Loss Impact Your Smile?
What makes missing teeth so bad for your smile? In addition to the embarrassment of a gap in your smile, lost teeth increase the risk of misalignment, as the teeth drift due to the space in your smile. An uneven smile leads to a higher chance of tooth decay and gum disease. In addition, the pressure gaps in your smile place on your jaw joints could lead to a TMJ disorder and/or bruxism (teeth grinding). You may also have trouble eating your favorite foods, depriving yourself of essential nutrients. Finally, empty spaces in your smile could impact your ability to speak clearly.
Traditional Dental Bridges
A traditional denture bridge replaces between one and three teeth in a row. We secure them with dental crowns, which are attached to the new teeth and placed onto the natural teeth on either side of the gap in your smile. The prosthetic will last between 10 and 15 years with proper care and attention. We create them using lifelike materials, such as ceramic or zirconia, ensuring a prosthetic that blends with your smile and helps you enjoy a full and comfortable smile once again.
Implant-Secured Dental Bridges
Instead of employing dental crowns to anchor them in place, we use multiple dental implants. This preserves the tooth structure of your natural teeth, while also providing a more secure tooth replacement option. Dental implants are inserted into the jawbone, bonding with the jawbone and acting like new tooth roots. As a result, they have the ability to last for several decades with proper care and good oral hygiene. Again, we employ lifelike materials to create your new teeth, helping ensure you enjoy a natural looking solution to your missing teeth.
Maintaining Your New Prosthetic
How do you care for your new prosthetic? You should maintain good homecare, brushing and flossing daily (your bridge included). You should use a toothpaste that contains fluoride and floss thoroughly with floss tape or a floss pick. These steps help protect the new teeth from tooth decay, infection, or gum disease. You will also need to clean the space between the top of the gums and the bottom of the prosthetic, where food particles accumulate.
Looking for a Tooth Loss Solution?
Dr. Lawson and our team have custom-made and lifelike solutions to minor and severe cases of tooth loss. To learn more, 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.