When we lose teeth, we not only gain an unsightly gap in our smiles, but the balance and alignment of our smiles can change. As a result, the risk of developing serious complications increases. In order to help patients and fill the gaps in their smile, your Riverside, MO, dentist may suggest placing a custom-made and natural-looking dental bridge.

Tooth Loss and Bite Imbalance

When we lose teeth, this throws off the balance of our smiles. The resulting pressure on the jaw joints could increase the risk of both TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding), two disorders linked to headaches, jaw pain, facial discomfort, and even damaged teeth. In addition, the teeth surrounding the missing ones could begin to drift from position, leading to the onset of misalignment. Poor alignment not only impacts your smile’s appearance but also makes proper brushing and flossing difficult and places more pressure on the jaw joints. Along with an increased risk of TMJ-related issues and teeth grinding, you may also obtain an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease. In order to restore balance to your smile, you need to address these gaps.

Dental Bridges

A dental bridge can replace between one and three missing teeth in a row. To begin, we need to remove structure from the teeth on either side of the gap in your smile. Doing so makes room for the crowns that will secure the prosthetic. Next, we take detailed images, x-rays, impressions, and measurements of the smile, which enable our team to create a custom-made option. The bridge will consist of the replacement tooth or teeth with crowns attached to each end. We place the crowns onto the prepared teeth, securing your new ones firmly in place. We will create them from ceramic or other lifelike materials, which ensures your new teeth and crowns blend seamlessly with the rest of your smile.

Preventing Further Tooth Loss

Following your prosthetic placement, be sure you brush your teeth twice daily and floss every night. Make time for a checkup and cleaning every six months, and also be sure you enjoy a healthier diet. These simple steps help limit the risk of cavities, infections, and periodontal problems, all of which could lead to further tooth loss. If you have any questions about tooth loss, or about our custom-made dental prosthetics, then contact out team today. We would love to help you enjoy a full smile once more.


Our team is ready to help you enjoy a full, healthy smile with a custom-made dental prosthetic. To learn more about our dental bridges, or to schedule a consultation, call Bailey Dental Care in Riverside, MO, today at (816) 452-9700.