For a number of reasons, people may find themselves faced with one or more missing teeth. Whether due to advanced gum disease or an accident, these gaps in the smile could lead to serious complications. In order to restore missing teeth for patients in Urbandale, IA, we may suggest a dental bridge. When should you receive one and how do we create these lifelike and durable prosthetics?
Addressing Your Missing Teeth
Even the loss of a single tooth could lead to oral health complications. For example, the surrounding teeth may move, drifting due to the gap in your smile. Over time, this movement could lead to misalignment and poorer oral health. Losing one or more teeth may also lead to pressure on your jaw joints. The pressure may mean the onset of TMJ disorder and bruxism, causing painful headaches, jaw pain, and even damaged teeth. The body will respond to the loss of a missing tooth root by suspending the flow of key nutrients to the jawbone tissue. Without these nutrients, the bone tissue dissolves and may lead to further tooth loss.
A dental bridge fills the gap in your smile, preventing misalignment and other complications. The prosthetic consists of one or more replacement teeth with crowns attached to each end. We begin treatment by preparing the teeth on either side of the gap in your smile, removing tooth structure. We then take detailed impressions of your smile and use the E4D system to design and create your prosthetic, sometimes in as little as one visit. We place the crowns onto the prepared teeth, which leaves the new ones securely in place. With proper care and attention, your new tooth could last for 10 to 15 years.
Supporting Them With Dental Implants
We also have another option: dental implants. For a single missing tooth, we support them with a single dental implant, no need to remove tooth structure from surrounding teeth. If you have multiple missing teeth, several dental implants will anchor the prosthetic in place. Since dental implants will be inserted into the jawbone, they act as new tooth roots. In addition to offering a option that lasts decades, dental implants also stimulate the growth of jawbone tissue, which helps prevent further tooth loss. If you have any questions about our traditional or implant-secured dental bridges, then contact our team today. We want to help you enjoy a full and beautiful smile.
Ready for a Dental Prosthetic?
Dr. Lawson and our team employ custom-made bridges to address your tooth loss. To learn more about our lifelike dental prosthetics, 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.