Losing a tooth can have several effects on a person. It can cause them to feel self-conscious about their appearance, affect their ability to speak or chew comfortably, and possibly lead to bone recession and the loss of more teeth. A dental bridge is a good solution for replacing a lost tooth or teeth and preventing any further damage. Your dentists at Harmony Dental in Pearland, TX are happy to offer this dental restoration.
How teeth alignment affects your health
When a tooth falls out, the neighboring teeth may shift to fill in the resulting gap. All of the teeth are arranged in a specific way, depending on the shape of your mouth and your bite, so when any small change occurs, the entire alignment of the teeth can get thrown off. A missing tooth can cause the remaining teeth to become misaligned. It can also cause the tooth roots to become exposed, making the teeth sensitive to extreme temperatures and making them more susceptible to bacterial accumulation and infection. A misalignment can also lead to problems with the jaw joint.
Dental bridge treatments to restore your bite
A dental bridge consists of a fabricated tooth (or teeth) called the pontic that is anchored in place to one or two abutment teeth, usually treated with dental crowns. Bridges are custom-designed to look natural and restore function to the teeth.
Placing a dental bridge
To have a bridge placed, the teeth neighboring the gap will be prepared to receive dental crowns. The bridge, including the crowns that will fit onto the prepared teeth, will be custom-made using impressions taken of the teeth. It will be bonded to the prepared teeth, with the pontic resting within the gap.
Ensuring the proper fit of a dental bridge
Your dentist at Harmony Dental will want to make sure that your dental bridge fits comfortably. An improperly fitting bridge can be not just uncomfortable, but may even cause harm, leading to infections and other problems. To achieve a proper fit, your dentist can have the bridge adjusted or take a new mold and have the bridge remade.
If you are looking for a good tooth replacement option in Pearland, TX, contact Harmony Dental to book an appointment today.
Most people view visiting the dentist as something of a chore: no one ever wants to go, but they do it because they should. However, there are some patients who feel so nervous about it that they avoid the dentist altogether, which can have a negative effect on their oral health. If you have a fear of going to the dentist or put off making appointments due to anxiety, sedation may be a good solution for you. It is used at Harmony Dental to make appointments go more smoothly for the patients of Pearland, TX.
What is sedation?
Basically, sedation induces a relaxed, easy state in a person through the use of sedatives. In dentistry, it is used to make an appointment or procedure more comfortable. There are different types of sedation that can be used to suit the needs and preferences of different patients.
Types of sedation
- Nitrous oxide: also known as “laughing gas,” is the mildest type of sedation. It is suitable for patients with fairly mild levels of anxiety who need a gentle sedative option. Under nitrous oxide, you will be awake and conscious, but in a more relaxed and even slightly euphoric state. It is administered through a mask, where you will breathe in a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen. At the end of the appointment, your system will be flooded with oxygen to flush out the nitrous. The effects will wear off quickly, allowing most patients to drive themselves home. Nitrous oxide is even safe enough for children and can be especially helpful if a child has trouble sitting still for extended periods of time.
- Oral conscious sedation: administered via an easy-to-swallow pill, taken about an hour before the procedure. A prescription is required for this type of sedation. It is a good choice for patients with mild to moderate anxiety. It allows you to stay awake and conscious during the procedure, but you will feel drowsy and groggy. After the procedure, you may not remember much. Some people even fall asleep with oral sedation, especially if a higher dose is prescribed.
- IV sedation: administered intravenously (through a vein) and recommended for patients with high levels of anxiety. This sedation begins to work immediately to calm you. It is also often used if a lot of work is being done at one time or if a patient’s gag reflex is very strong. You can have confidence in our skilled and trained team to safely administer IV sedation.
If you’ve experienced anxiety regarding dental visits before, consider making an appointment and making use of sedation. Contact Harmony Dental to learn more about this service and visit our office in or Pearland, TX to take care of your oral health.