Dental Bridges Maintain the Health and Integrity of Your Teeth
Without diligent preventive dental care, patients are vulnerable to tooth loss. Injury, deep decay, and periodontal disease can all compromise tooth health, requiring extraction. Fortunately, there is no need to live with an embarrassing gap in your smile because our Houston family dentists can restore your appearance and ability to speak and eat with a fixed dental bridge.
Replacing Missing Teeth Is Vital
Filling the gaps after tooth loss is more than a cosmetic issue. Each tooth has its place and helps keep the other teeth in their places. However, when an adult loses a tooth, the extra room created in the dental arch allows the remaining teeth to drift. This makes the teeth crooked and alters the bite so that some teeth do not meet up properly with opposing teeth, and it also places more chewing forces on certain teeth. Any number of issues, including teeth grinding, excessive tooth wear, tooth fracture, and TMJ disorder (temporomandibular joint disorder), can occur if the missing tooth is not replaced with a dental bridge or other prosthetic.
A bridge can replace a single tooth or several teeth if they are adjacent. The bridge is made of porcelain replacement teeth with crowns on both ends, and these crowns are affixed to the abutment teeth, which are the teeth on each side of the gap. The bridge placement procedure works much the same as with crown placement. Under local anesthesia, the abutment teeth are prepared for crowns, and an impression is made and sent to the dental laboratory with specific instructions for the size, shape, and color of the bridge. After your bridge is crafted, you will return to your Houston dentist’s office to have it cemented in place, and you will walk away with a beautiful new smile and a renewed ability to bite, chew, and speak normally.
Caring for Your Bridge
With good oral hygiene at home and regular dental visits, your bridge can last for 15 years or longer. To clean your bridge, you should brush it as you do your natural teeth, but flossing requires a different process. You should still floss around the teeth that anchor your bridge, but food particles, plaque, and oral bacteria can also collect in the small space where the bridge rests against the gum tissues. We will show you how to use a special floss threader or small interdental brushes to keep this area free of toxins that can harm your gums and cause bad breath.
Fixed Dental Bridges in Houston
Tooth loss can ruin your confidence and cause a domino effect of oral health issues. To maintain the health and integrity of your remaining teeth and make your smile as attractive and functional as it once was, schedule an appointment today with a Houston family dentist at Smile Sonrisa Dental.