When you lose a tooth, you have to adjust to more than just an unwelcome change to your smile. The way you bite and chew can be changed by tooth loss, and you may find that actions like speaking and laughing feel different. Fortunately, these problems can be addressed when you have a permanent prosthetic appliance put in place. At our Sheridan, WY dentist’s office, we can make plans to restore your incomplete smile with a custom dental bridge. Your bridge will be designed to fit comfortably between teeth, and it can be counted on to remain secure over many years. The appliance relies on a pair of dental crowns to stay stable, which means this permanent restoration can be placed without oral surgery.
How Does A Dental Bridge Restore My Smile?
A dental bridge is an appliance consisting of two dental crowns, and a pontic, or replacement tooth. (In a situation where multiple teeth need to be replaced, your bridge can be designed with multiple pontics.) The crowns are placed on teeth that surround a smile gap. Once in place, they effectively serve to keep the prosthetic stable enough for it to remain undisturbed as you practice routine dental functions.
Trusting A Dental Bridge To Provide Biting And Chewing Support
A bridge is stable enough to keep in place when you bite and chew. In fact, one of the benefits to having a permanent prosthetic put in place is that it can make it easier for you to practice basic dental functions the way you did before tooth loss was an issue. By restoring your bite, your bridge allows you to reduce strain on your jaw joints and muscles that can cause TMJ disorder. A natural bite also helps you avoid excess wear and tear on remaining teeth, which can leave them more likely to need restorative dental work in the future.
Is A Dental Bridge The Only Appliance I Can Use To Replace A Lost Tooth?
Dental bridges have been used for many people struggling with the effects of tooth loss. With that said, it is not the only treatment option open to you if you want to restore your full smile! A restoration can be set on a dental implant to provide you with a long-term answer for tooth loss. Implants are set directly into your jawbone, and actually help the bone stay healthy over time. You can count on a crown set on a dental implant to remain stable when you bite and chew food. You can also enjoy more support for neighboring teeth roots, which are less likely to shift when an implant is in place.
Talk To Grinnell Street Dental About Restoring Your Smile With A Dental Bridge
At Grinnell Street Dental in Sheridan, WY, patients who have experienced tooth loss can learn about the benefits of receiving a custom dental bridge! To learn more about Grinnell Street Dental, or to arrange an appointment with us, contact our Sheridan, WY, dental office today at (307) 672-7567.