Losing a tooth as a child can feel like an exciting rite of passage. But losing a tooth as an adult can lead to low self-esteem and ruin your smile. At Dental Impressions of Ankeny, IA, we know that even with proper oral hygiene, accidents can happen that may lead to tooth loss. That’s why in our office, we offer several different types of prosthetic solutions, like bridges, for our patients to love their smiles again.Read more: Enjoy A Complete Smile Again With A Dental Bridge
What Is A Bridge?
Essentially, this is a prosthetic piece that replaces missing teeth that are in the same row as each other. This solution is for people whose tooth loss is within the same area. If you have teeth missing in different areas, a denture might be a better solution for you. We know this can be overwhelming, but we’re here to make this process easy and relaxing for you.
It will be custom fit to your mouth, so you won’t have any concerns about if this will fit your mouth properly. This can help improve the visual appearance of your smile and can restore functionality. Having several missing teeth can also cause problems with other teeth in your mouth shifting around or grinding against each other. With this prosthetic inserted, you can have function restored to your mouth and feel secure in yourself.
This will take several appointments over the span of a few weeks. The bridge will be measured to your mouth and a mold will be taken and sent off to a lab. Then, the lab will send back this piece. The teeth surrounding the area will help hold the artificial teeth in place. If your dental provider feels like you may need a sturdier placement of the bridge, they may recommend dental implant surgery, which can create a new root of the tooth. While not always necessary, this can help stabilize the artificial tooth.
How Do I Care For My Prosthetic?
Once you have gotten your new teeth in place, you can be confident in living your life as you did before. For the longevity of your prosthetic and your gum health, refrain from using tobacco, and be sure to floss daily, even around the bridge. You won’t have to worry about taking the bridge out every day, as it will be secure in your oral cavity. Be sure to continue having a consistent oral hygiene routine, as this does not take away the need to care for your smile.
Restore Your Smile Today!
Contact Dental Impressions in Ankeny, IA today by calling (515) 965-0230 to learn more about your prosthetic and restoration options or to schedule your next appointment with our team.