We recently looked at dental crowns and how we use them to repair smiles. But did you know that we can also use them to replace missing teeth? In today’s blog, your Olathe, KS, dentists talk about how we address lost teeth with our custom and lifelike dental bridges, and when you may need one.
The Discomfort of Tooth Loss
When we lose our natural teeth, this could cause us to feel uncomfortable with the appearance of our smile, which then impacts our social interactions and quality of life. Missing teeth could upset bite balance and strain the jaw joints, causing uncomfortable complications like TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding, which could then lead to worsening pain and damaged teeth with time. You could also have trouble eating your favorite foods or even speaking clearly. To avoid these complications, and prevent misalignment and other issues, you need to seek tooth replacement.
Creating a Prosthetic
For a more minor case of tooth loss, such as a single lost tooth or up to three in a row, we could prescribe a dental bridge. To create one, we will first administer a local anesthetic and then gently remove structure from the abutment teeth, or the ones sitting on either side of the gap. Next, we take detailed digital impressions and images of the prepared teeth. In a lab setting, we use this information to design and craft the final product with precision. The bridge will consist of new teeth, known as pontics, with dental crowns attached to each end. We create them from ceramic, which we can shade to blend with the smile seamlessly so your new teeth and crowns look natural.
Securing Your Dental Bridge
When the prosthetic is tardy, you will return to the office for placement. We will connect the dental crowns to the abutment teeth, which secures the new ones firmly in place. You will be able to smile with confidence and eat your favorite foods again. With proper care and attention, they can last as long as 10 to 15 years. Be sure you brush and floss them as you would natural teeth, and also clean the spaces between the top of the gum and the bottom of the prosthetic, where food particles could accumulate!
If you have any questions about how we treat missing teeth, or about our custom and lifelike dental prosthetic, then contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Have Questions About Prosthetic Dentistry?
Our team is eager to help you enjoy a full and beautiful smile. Schedule an appointment today and learn more about tooth replacement. You can also call E-Care Dentistry in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. Find our office at 15010 S Black Bob Road Olathe, KS 66062. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, and all surrounding communities.