Dentists offer various treatments to restore health, beauty, and function to the smile. In Longview, TX, patients know who they can count on for the right treatments to meet their needs – Dr. Clint Bruyere. Our dentist understands missing teeth can be detrimental to physical and emotional health. Tooth loss can make it difficult to pronounce certain words, bite and chew properly, and socialize confidently. Men and women who suffer from tooth loss may feel self-conscious about their smiles and long for a treatment to renew their self-esteem. Dr. Bruyere offers dental bridges among several other tooth loss treatments.
A dental bridge has an artificial tooth (pontic) nestled between dental crowns, which are placed on teeth adjacent to the gap to anchor the appliance. Dental crowns can protect and strengthen the adjacent teeth and are made to blend beautifully with the smile. We can use porcelain crowns, which are natural looking, strong, and durable. After dental bridge treatment, we explain proper aftercare including how to use a dental floss threader to clean under the bridge. With good oral hygiene, a dental bridge can last a decade or more. Therefore, it is important to keep the mouth, teeth, and gums healthy with brushing and flossing. Biannual dental appointments that include examinations and professional cleanings are also a critical part of an oral health regimen.
In addition to closing a gap in the smile, dental bridges can distribute the bite forces properly and restore the ability to speak clearly. Dental bridge treatment can help patients achieve optimal oral health. When a missing tooth is replaced with a dental bridge, we can prevent other teeth from drifting out of position. This is important because teeth that have shifted into gaps from missing teeth are more difficult to keep healthy with brushing and flossing.
Depending on the extent of tooth loss, Dr. Bruyere may recommend other solutions such as dentures or dental implants. All of our treatments can restore health, beauty, and function to the smile. Do you want to explore one of our treatments for tooth loss? If you do, we recommend scheduling a consultation appointment with Dr. Bruyere by calling (903) 708-6116 today.