Enjoying Life With Your Dental Bridge

Living with an incomplete smile can be difficult for different reasons. If a tooth is noticeably absent, meaning it is difficult to hide the gap where it used to be, you can feel unhappy with the way you look. This does not mean a person who can hide their absence has nothing to worry about. Even one missing tooth can make it difficult for you to bite and chew effectively, and it will leave you more likely to experience future losses. At our Ankeny, IA dentist’s office, people who are ready to address this problem can learn about the benefits of treatment with a dental bridge. This restoration is custom-made to permanently close a gap without making oral surgery necessary, and it can provide functional benefits as well as cosmetic improvements.

Is It Time For You To Do Something About Tooth Loss?

The longer you wait to do something about tooth loss, the more complications you are likely to experience. The teeth at either side of your gap lose important support from their neighbor, which can make them more prone to shifting. In time, this can make them looser and more likely to be lost! You can also experience worsening jaw pain because you have a compromised bite. The good news is that thanks to the placement of a dental bridge, you can put concerns about your dental function and oral health behind you. You can also do something about a visible space that makes you unhappy with the way you look.

Receiving Your Custom Dental Bridge

A custom dental bridge is a prosthetic appliance that contains a replacement tooth as well as a pair of crowns. The crowns are used to keep the restoration in position; they are placed on the teeth at either side of your gap, which effectively keeps the pontic (replacement tooth) in position to restore your smile. This approach to treatment gives you an appliance that is sturdy enough to withstand pressure from your bite, so you can feel more comfortable eating an array of different foods that were previously uncomfortable to chew. You can also feel good about your appearance, as this appliance can be made to provide a good cosmetic match.

You Can Also Support A Restoration With A Dental Implant

Through implant dentistry, we can keep prostheses secure without modifying neighboring natural teeth. Your restoration will instead be held by a small titanium rod that is set directly into your jawbone to occupy the space that previously held your roots. Through this, we can make sure that your smile is complete once again, and we can provide bite support as well as additional protection against jawbone deterioration, something that affects people who have lost teeth.

Talk To Your Ankeny, IA Dentist About Receiving A Dental Bridge

If you have questions about prosthetic dentistry, or you are ready to discuss the placement of a dental bridge, please contact Dental Impressions at (515) 965-0230 to schedule a visit.