When you lose a tooth, the health and appearance of your smile suffers. Replacing your missing teeth can help you enjoy a full smile again. Often, we can address minor tooth loss with a lifelike dental bridge. Is a crown and bridge the right choice for your smile?
How Does Tooth Loss Impact My Smile?
When you lose even a single tooth, you suddenly have a gap in your smile. Without tooth replacement, the surrounding teeth may drift form position, leading to misalignment. An uneven smile alone can increase the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, TMJ disorder, and bruxism. In addition, you may feel embarrassed about the space in your smile, which can have a negative impact on your social life. While deal with these serious complications when you can seek out a tooth replacement option?
Creating a Crown and Bridge
We use a crown and bridge to address minor tooth loss, usually between one and three teeth in a row. The new teeth, also known as pontics, will be custom-made based on detailed impressions we gather of your smile. We then attach custom dental crowns to either side. We prepare the teeth on each side of the gap, making room for the new crowns. The crowns then anchor the pontics firmly in place, giving you a stable and lifelike replacement option.
Maintaining Your New Tooth
With proper care and attention, your new prosthetic can last between 10 and 15 years. You should also make sure your brush your teeth, prosthetic included, twice a day, once when waking up and again before going to bed. You should also floss thoroughly and clean the space between the top of the gums and the bottom of your prosthetic. We also urge patients to see us for regular checkups and cleanings, during which we can monitor your new replacement teeth.
Do You Have a Missing Tooth?
Don’t live with an unsightly gap in your smile, instead give us a call to discuss tooth replacement options. You can schedule an appointment with Munilla Dental in Southlake, TX by calling 817-379-1200.