The Benefits Of A Dental Bridge

Minor tooth loss may not seem like a big deal. However, losing even one tooth could cause major oral health problems. In order to help people in Gary, IN, suffering from tooth loss, we may suggest a custom-made dental bridge. What benefits will a dental bridge offer? How do we create them and will they look natural?

What Happens When We Lose Teeth?

When we lose a tooth, a gap is left in our smile. Over time, the gap could enable teeth around the lost one to drift from position, leading to misalignment. Along with an uneven smile comes a greater risk of tooth decay and gum disease, as cleaning your teeth when you brush and floss becomes more difficult. In addition, you may find you have trouble eating, speaking clearly, or smiling, as you could feel self-conscious about your smile’s appearance. In order to preserve your smile’s alignment and prevent the problems associated with tooth loss, we suggest addressing the problem as quickly as possible. For those with between one and three lost teeth in a row, a dental bridge may be the perfect option.

Creating Your Prosthetic

First, we need to prepare the abutment teeth, those sitting right next to the gap in your smile. We remove structure from them and then take detailed impressions. The impressions enable experts at a dental lab to design your prosthetic. At the lab, lifelike materials will be used to create the prosthetic, such as ceramic. These materials can be shaded to match the rest of your smile, while also offering strength and durability. You enjoy natural looking tooth replacement, the kind that blends seamlessly with your smile.

Placing and Maintaining Your New Teeth

The bridge consists of the new teeth, known as pontics, with crowns attached to each end. The crowns will be placed onto the prepared abutment teeth, anchoring the new ones. We place the completed bridge in your second visit. After we adhere the crowns to the abutment teeth, you will head home with your new, full smile. We will have you return for a follow-up visit so we can make sure you don’t need any adjustments made to the prosthetic’s fit. If you have any questions about preventing tooth loss or about replacing lost teeth with a custom-made dental prosthetic, then contact our team today. We want to help you enjoy a full and functional smile.

Do You Have Missing Teeth?

Our team wants to address your tooth loss with a lifelike dental prosthetic. To schedule an appointment to discuss our tooth replacement options, contact Healthy Smiles in Gary, IN, by calling 219-938-2637, or by emailing our office at We also proudly serve the residents of Gary, Miller, Miller Beach, and all surrounding communities.