Is your smile missing something? Losing a tooth is no trivial matter, and replacing it is vital to preserving the health, function, and beauty of your smile. Without all of your teeth, your bite can lose its balance, wearing down the teeth that take the brunt of your bite’s uneven pressure. With a custom-designed dental bridge from your Sheridan dentists, however, you can effectively replace a single lost tooth, or several consecutive lost teeth, to complete your smile once again.
What is a Dental Bridge?
Traditional dental bridges consist of two crowns that border the appropriate amount of replacement teeth, usually crafted from durable dental porcelain that’s tinted and layered to mimic your natural teeth’s color and light-reflection properties. The outer crowns are secured to the remaining teeth on either side of the gap, which are called abutment teeth and are slightly modified to accommodate the dental crowns. After a thorough examination to assess the conditions of your tooth loss, Dr. Coon may recommend implant-supported dental bridges, which rest on one or more prosthetic tooth roots that are surgically inserted into your jawbone.
Improving Modern Dental Bridges with Implants
While replacing the crowns (upper portions) of your teeth is vital to restoring your chewing ability, replacing lost tooth roots is essential to preserving your future good oral health. Your jawbone, the foundation of your smile, supports and sustains your teeth through the roots embedded within it. When these roots are stimulated, such as through biting and chewing, your body takes note and sends your body a sufficient amount of nutrients to remain strong and support your teeth. In fact, tooth support is one of your jawbone’s primary functions, and when your body registers tooth loss (and the fact that your jawbone has fewer teeth to support), it adjusts your jaw’s nutrient supply accordingly. Implant-supported dental bridges help restore chewing ability and stimulation, helping to preserve the longevity of your entire oral health.
Find Out if a Dental Bridge is Right for You at Your Sheridan Dentist’s Office
To learn if a dental bridge is the right replacement choice for your tooth loss, or to find out more about the benefits of implant-supported dentures, schedule a consultation with your Sheridan dentist by contacting Grinnell Street Dental at (307) 672-7567. Located in the 82801 are, we welcome patients from Sheridan, WY and all surrounding communities.