When you suffer from minor tooth loss, don’t let the complications cause poor quality of life and further tooth loss. Instead, seek a custom prosthetic with our dental bridges. In today’s blog, your Lake Orion, MI, dentist talks about how our porcelain bridges offer durable and lifelike tooth replacement.
The Causes and Impact of Tooth Loss
Minor tooth loss, even the loss of a single tooth, is reason enough to seek prosthetics. Otherwise, even one lost tooth could cause trouble for your smile. For example, baby teeth could drift slightly due to this gap, causing misalignment that upsets bite balance and makes thorough brushing and flossing more difficult. As a result, you’re now more susceptible to tooth decay, gum disease, and even TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). You could also simply feel embarrassed about your appearance too! To address between one and three lost teeth in a row, our team could create and place a set of porcelain bridges.
Creating a Custom Dental Prosthetic
Every smile is unique, which is why we take a custom approach to creating and securing a dental prosthetic. To design the new teeth, we first need to remove structure from the abutment teeth, the ones on each side of the gap. We then take detailed images of them and the gap, so we can design and fabricate a custom-made bridge. The prosthetic contains new teeth with crowns on one or both sides. Made from porcelain, we can shade these to blend with your smile, and they can handle daily bite forces and pressure with ease.
Placing Porcelain Replacements
With a traditional option, we will attach the crowns to the abutments to secure the new teeth firmly in place. This option will last about 10 to 15 years. We could also insert dental implants and attach the crown portions directly to them, preserving the structure in surrounding teeth. The dental implants act as new roots and stimulate the growth of jawbone structure, so they can last for decades to come. We can help you decide which option is best for you, so you can enjoy a full smile again. We can also discuss proper care for your bridge, including daily brushing and flossing, and including between the top of the gums and the bottom of the prosthetic, where food particles could become lodged.
If you have any questions about how we treat tooth loss with a lifelike and durable dental bridge, or about avoiding tooth loss, then contact our team today to learn more.
Treating Tooth Loss With a Porcelain Prosthetic
Contact Lake Orion Family Dentistry in Lake Orion, MI by calling 248-693-6213 to schedule your next appointment with our team and learn more about treating your minor tooth loss with a durable and natural looking porcelain replacement!