When our Omaha, NE, patients come to us with one or more missing teeth, we may suggest a dental prosthetic to address the gaps in their smile. Replacing your lost teeth will help improve the smile’s appearance, while also safeguarding oral health against complications. How does a bridge replace a missing tooth, and how do we ensure they look natural?
The Risks of Untreated Tooth Loss
A missing tooth isn’t just a cosmetic concern. In addition to embarrassing gaps in your smile, missing teeth may eventually cause the teeth to drift from position due to the exposed gaps in the smile. Over time, this means the onset of dental misalignment and with it, a greater risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Not to mention the fact that missing teeth may place inordinate pressure on the jaw joints, allowing TMJ disorder and bruxism to form, both of which may cause headaches, jaw pain, and other uncomfortable symptoms. By addressing the gap in your smile, we help you enjoy a full and healthy smile.
Creating Your Prosthetic
Each prosthetic we offer will be custom-made, which ensures a natural appearance and a comfortable, accurate fit. Using advanced technology, we will take a series of detailed images and x-rays of your smile. Using these materials, we begin designing your prosthetic. We create the bridge using lifelike materials, such as ceramic. Not only is ceramic strong and durable, but the material can also be designed to blend with surrounding teeth and contains stain-resistant properties. Once in place, your new bridge may last between 10 and 15 years with proper care and attention.
The bridge itself will consist of your new teeth with crowns attached to each end. We prepare the natural teeth on either side of your missing ones, removing structure to make room for the crowns. We place the crowns, which secure your new teeth, also known as pontics. Routine care will help keep your new teeth strong and bright, so you need to brush twice daily and floss every night before going to bed. We also suggest cleaning the space between the top of your gums and the bottom of your prosthetic, where food particles may accumulate. If you have between one and three lost teeth, then this option may be right for you. If you have any questions or concerns, then contact our team today.
Pacific Hills Dental Replaces Missing Teeth
At Pacific Hills Dental, we want to help you obtain a full and beautiful smile. Talk to our team about our custom-made dental prosthetics today. To make an appointment for yourself or for a family member, call our Omaha, NE, dental office today at (402) 330-2243. We proudly treat individuals in Omaha, NE, and all of the surrounding areas, including Papillion, Elkhorn, and Millard.