If you have between one and three missing teeth in a row, then you may need a prosthetic. Otherwise, missing teeth could lead to serious complications. In today’s blog, we’re going to look at how your Gladstone, MO, dentist addresses tooth loss with a custom-made and long-lasting dental bridge. In addition, we’ll find out how you can ensure they last for several years.

Why Do We Lose Teeth?

We may lose a natural tooth for a number of different reasons. For example, poor oral hygiene could lead to the onset of tooth decay and gum disease. Without treatment, decay could mean an infected, and eventually a lost, tooth. Likewise, untreated gum disease could mean the onset of periodontitis, the advanced stage of the disease that causes adult tooth loss. Other factors could include injuries or accidents. When we lose a tooth, replacement is necessary to avoid the complications of tooth loss, which could include misalignment, TMJ disorder and bruxism, and even a higher risk of cavities and periodontal problems.

Creating a Custom Bridge

The bridge offers a solution for between one and three teeth in a row. The prosthetic consists of the new teeth, but with crowns attached to either end. We then place the crowns on the teeth on each side of the gap in your smile. The crowns help secure the new teeth and ensure a fixed prosthetic that remains firmly in place. We create them from lifelike materials, such as ceramic, to help ensure they not only absorb serious bite forces, but also look natural and blend with the smile. We want your smile to look whole and natural.

Maintaining Your Prosthetic

With proper care, your new prosthetic could last up to 15 years in some cases. Routine homecare, such as brushing and flossing, helps remove food particles and protect the new teeth from tooth decay, infection, and gum disease. You should also see us every six months, so we can monitor your new bridge during checkups and then remove plaque buildup in a cleaning, which reduces the risk of tooth decay and gum disease and helps preserve your smile. If you have one or more missing teeth, then schedule a consultation. We will examine your smile to see if a bridge is the right choice for you. We can also address any questions or concerns you may have regarding tooth replacement.


At Bailey Dental Care, we want to help patients enjoy a full and healthy smile, which means offering a natural looking and dependable solution for missing teeth. To learn more about our lifelike tooth replacement options, then please schedule a consultation, call Bailey Dental Care in Gladstone, MO, today at (816) 452-9700.