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5 Benefits of Dental Bridges

When it comes to choosing an oral prosthesis for your mouth, we want you to feel 100 percent confident in your decision. One of the most popular dental prostheses out there is a dental bridge. Dental bridges work by literally bridging the gaps between your teeth. Let’s take a closer look at five benefits of this treatment.

Helps You Maintain Your Face Shape

You may not realize it, but if you have one or more missing teeth, it can lead to issues like bone and jaw deterioration. And although other treatment solutions like dentures are great at restoring your mile, they may change your face shape. With a dental bridge, you won’t have to worry about your face shape changing at all; in fact, it will just restore it.

Looks Natural

A dental bridge is either attached to a dental implant or your natural tooth. The good news is that the crowns we use will always be matched to your existing teeth to ensure they look seamless and natural.

Restores Your Smile

Smiling and having one or more missing teeth isn’t exactly going to make you look professional. When you get a dental bridge, it will restore your smile so that you can feel confident in your appearance again.

It’s Fast

Another great thing about dental bridges is that they can be a fairly fast procedure depending on whether or not you need a dental implant. If you don’t need one, we can do the procedure quickly. If, however, a dental implant is required, the process may take several months to complete.

Restore Your Ability to Chew

If your favorite food has suddenly become impossible to chew and enjoy, then you will be excited to learn that dental bridges can help restore your mouth’s ability to eat which is an ultimate plus in our books.

The list of the benefits of dental implants goes on and on. If you want to learn more about them, contact our Albuquerque office and call (505) 881-1159.

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How to Take Care of Your Dental Bridge

Dental Bridge Albuquerque NMWhen it comes to your natural teeth, most people know the ins and outs of how to take care of them; you brush and floss twice a day, you go to the dentist every six months, and you try not to eat too much sugar. But when it comes to taking care of a dental prosthesis, you may not know exactly where to start. Luckily, here at Steven Holbrook’s office, we have got you covered. Let’s take a closer look at a few ways that you can make your fixed dental bridge last longer.

Brush and Floss

Because fixed dental bridges are attached to your mouth and can’t be removed, they are pretty easy to take care of. In fact, we encourage all of our fixed dental bridge patients to brush and floss around their dental bridge just like they down with their natural teeth. If for some reason you are having a hard time flossing around your bridge, try using a water flosser. Water flossers use pressurized water to help clean in between your teeth— leaving you with a cleaner mouth in the process.

Schedule Regular Visits

During your biannual dental cleaning with Dr. Steven Holbrook, he will not only clean your natural teeth and examine your mouth, but he will also make sure your dental bridge is secure and in good condition. If you are having any problems with your dental bridge, make sure to address them with him during your appointment.

Be Careful

Although fixed dental bridges are strong and resilient, you should still be careful with them. For instance, try to avoid using your teeth or dental bridge as a tool to open things or take tags off of clothing. Remember that they are a little more fragile than your natural teeth.

The good news about fixed dental bridges is that you don’t have to worry about soaking them at night or doing anything out of the ordinary. If you want to learn more about fixed dental bridges or how to take better care of them, schedule an appointment with Dr. Steven Holbrook at our Albuquerque office today and call  (505) 881-1159.

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The Problems With Chewing Without Teeth

The Problems With Chewing Without Teeth | Steven E. Holbrook, DMD | Albuquerque, NMAs you age, you start to lose bone mass which can contribute to things like tooth loss— leaving you with the need to have dentures or a dental bridge. And although it’s possible to chew without teeth, it doesn’t come without its own set of problems such as jaw and gastrointestinal issues. To help you better understand the importance of dentures and dental bridges, read on.

Problem #1: Jaw Issues

Gumming food that’s easy to eat may seem like a good idea, but did you know that you can be causing further jaw problems to arise. When you first start to chew without teeth, you will experience some soreness around your gums and throughout your jaw due to the extra pressure in your mouth. Additionally, without having anything to support your jaw and with the buildup of pressure over time, your jawbone can start to deteriorate — leaving you with a sallow looking face and the inability to chew altogether.

Problem #2: Gastrointestinal Issues

Your teeth aren’t just there to make you look pretty when you smile for family photos— they serve a medical purpose. By breaking up your food into small pieces, your teeth play a crucial role in your body’s ability to digest key nutrients and vitamins. If, however, your food isn’t getting properly broken down, it can cause gastrointestinal issues— making it hard for your body to absorb and digest the nutrients it needs to function properly.

Schedule a Consultation

If you have recently lost your teeth and you think you can function without them, you are causing your body more harm than good. Luckily, Dr. Steven Holbrook has a variety of dental devices that he can use to help restore your ability to chew. If you would like to learn more about these solutions or to schedule a consultation, contact Dr. Steven Holbrook’s office today!

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Broken Dental Bridge? How to Fix It

Broken Dental Bridge? How to Fix It | Steven E. Holbrook, DMD Albuquerque, New MexicoIt may not be as hard as fixing The Golden Gate Bridge or The Brooklyn Bridge, but your dental bridge is almost as serious. By helping shape your tooth’s natural appearance and shape, a dental bridge can also prevent your teeth from shifting. If, however, you have a broken dental bridge, you are at a higher risk of having your teeth move around and become crooked. This article will discuss broken dental bridges, how they can be fixed, and the importance of having it fixed by a professional like Dr. Steven Holbrook. Read on to learn more.

What Are Broken Dental Bridges?

On average, dental bridges can last for decades— especially if the patient uses proper dental hygiene. However, just like with anything, your dental bridge can easily break and leave you in need of repair. Dental bridges usually break due to decay under the bridge itself but can also break when there is a fracture in the bridge itself.

How Can They Be Fixed?

Depending on the cause of your broken dental bridge, Dr. Steven Holbrook may recommend removing and replacing the entire dental bridge itself. Or, in some instances, he may be able to repair it by fixing the tooth that is attached to with something like a dental bridge. Whatever the culprit of your failed dental bridge is, Dr. Holbrook will decide what method to use to repair it.

The Importance of Having It Fixed:

More than likely, your dental bridge has failed because of an infected or decayed tooth that it is attached to. By having your dental bridge fixed, you can treat your decayed tooth and prevent your teeth from shifting at the same time. Just like with any health or oral issue, it’s better to have the problem taken care of right away than waiting for it to get worse.

Having a broken dental bridge can be fixed with a simple repair or by replacing it entirely. If you would like to learn more about dental bridges or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Steven Holbrook today to schedule an appointment!

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Consider A Bridge Over Your Troubled Teeth

dental bridge albuquerque new mexico | missing tooth NM | Comprehensive Dental CareHere come the holidays… complete with family gatherings and parties with friends and co-workers. It’s the time for joy, celebrating and happy smiles. Chances are, however, that if you are missing teeth, especially a front tooth, you aren’t much into smiling…regardless of the time of year.

And did you know that missing teeth tempt fate? It’s true. Gaps in your teeth set the stage for future dental problems. When you bite and chew you create energy. Your teeth transfer that energy down through your tooth into your jaw, stimulating the bone to regenerate itself and maintain a healthy mass. Without the stimulation from one or more teeth, the bone beneath the empty space begins to deteriorate and lose mass. A missing tooth also creates a space where the adjacent teeth try to move in and and fill it. When your teeth move, your bite and tooth alignment become a problem.

If you have a missing tooth or teeth, you have two options: implants or a bridge.

  • A bridge spans the gap of your missing tooth. It requires healthy teeth on each side of the space (abutment teeth) to hold the replacement tooth (pontic) in place. The replacement tooth is made of porcelain or ceramic, to your unique dimensions, from impressions taken of your teeth.
  • Caps (crowns) are placed onto the teeth on either side of the missing tooth and the replacement tooth sits between them, forming a bridge.

To prepare for a bridge, the abutment teeth have some of their enamel removed to make room for the caps. Impressions are taken of your mouth so that the bridge can be made. A second appointment is necessary to check the fit of the bridge and to ensure that your bite is correct.
When the fit is perfect, the caps are cemented onto the abutment teeth…and…the gap is bridged!

Of course, cavities can still form under the bridge, so it is important to practice good dental habits and follow Dr. Holbrook’s instructions for care and maintenance.

It’s the perfect time to smile! Call for an appointment, today: (505) 881-1159.

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