Dental Bridges Houston
Dental bridges are used if you might have any issues with your teeth.
For instance, if you have any missing teeth but still have some of your teeth, they could be the right solution for you.
A dental bridge is composed of many components that are fused together to fit into the empty space left by your missing teeth.
They serve both practical and aesthetic purposes, making it easier to eat and speak while also enhancing the appearance of your teeth.
The bridge might be made of a number of materials, such as gold, alloys, or porcelain. Porcelain is often chosen to replace a front tooth because it may be color-matched to your natural teeth.
We provide dental bridge treatment to our patients at Frank Dunlap, DDS to help them enhance the condition of their teeth and achieve a beautiful and brilliant smile.
Dental bridges may be the best treatment option for you if you have any missing teeth. The most common causes of tooth loss include tooth decay, gum disease, and injury.
To have a dental bridge, you must have healthy teeth on both sides of the missing ones.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a prosthesis fixed in the mouth to join one or multiple prosthetic teeth.
The teeth that fill up the gap of the missing teeth are held in place by two crowns attached to an adjacent tooth on each side.
Just the same way an architectural road bridge covers the space between two places, the dental bridges replace one or several missing teeth.
How Does a Dental Bridge Work?
Dental bridges help restore the appearance of your smile. They replace lost or missing teeth with ones that appear as natural as the real teeth.
Besides the aesthetic benefits, dental bridges also help restore the functionality of teeth. They restore and maintain proper biting, chewing, and speaking.
Bridges can also maintain the proper form of the bite in addition to the proper shape of the face.
When you place an artificial tooth in the area of the missing tooth, you prevent the nearby teeth from moving to fill up that space, which may result in bite misalignment and unnecessary tooth gapping.
Our dentist prepares the adjacent teeth known as the abutment. These are the natural teeth where the crowns supporting the pontic or artificial teeth are attached.
The reason for preparing the abutment teeth is to ensure the proper fit of the crowns. This is achieved by shaving down the natural teeth.
After that, we prepare the impressions that provide a model for making your bridges. We, in the meantime, fit temporary bridges that you wear while the final bridges are being completed.
After about two weeks, the final bridges are ready and you are required to come back in to get them fitted.
Our dentist will cement the permanent bridges after removing the temporary ones. That way, you will have your new set of artificial teeth fitted.
How Long Does a Dental Bridge Last?
You need to practice ideal oral hygiene after the bridge installation, to prevent any infections.
Dental bridges can last up to 10 years when you follow proper oral hygiene guidelines of brushing and flossing, as well as having regular dental cleanings and exams.
How Long Does it Take for Dental Bridge to Settle?
Immediately after receiving your dental bridge at our office, you need to avoid exerting too much pressure on the prosthesis. Avoid eating hard foods or chewing gum.
Also do not eat sticky foods because they can dislodge the bridges. It is paramount you maintain proper oral hygiene. Dental bridges can only function properly if the supporting natural teeth called abutments are healthy.
Therefore, oral hygiene helps keep the mouth healthy and keep the bridges functioning properly. Your dental bridge should settle after about two weeks.
What are the Different Types of Dental Bridges?
The four primary types of bridges are as follows, with the classic fixed bridge being the most common. It is made up of two or more crowns as well as pontic teeth connected. The crowns keep the bridge in place.
Traditional bridges are made of metal, porcelain joined to metal, or ceramics.
Cantilever bridges are another form of bridge in which the pontic connects to just one abutment tooth. This is sometimes an option for those who have teeth on only one side of a gap.
If you have lost your front teeth, you may need a Maryland dental bridge (resin-bonded bridge). It is made of porcelain that has been fused to metal or ceramic teeth and is kept together by a framework.
Wings on either side of the bridge link to your existing teeth. An implant-supported bridge is similar to a standard fixed bridge, except that instead of being cemented to teeth, it is held in place by implants.
A Maryland bridge requires fewer visits than other bridge types since the abutment teeth do not need to be prepared. For the remaining three categories, at least two processes will be carried out, and the process may be lengthy.
Regardless of the kind of bridge you choose, our dentist will take impressions or a computerized picture of your teeth, which will be used by the laboratory to build the bridge's components.
Can a Dental Bridge Be Removed and Recemented?
If your dental bridge becomes loose, it can typically be removed and recemented. It will depend on the health of the supporting teeth. If they are still strong and in good condition, the dentist can recement the bridge into place.
If however, the supporting teeth have become damaged or decayed over time, it will be necessary to have a new bridge placed.
Do You Need a Dental Bridge?
You may need to receive dental bridges if you have lost teeth from extraction, decay, gum disease, or trauma.
A tooth-supported bridge will help restore your smile. If you have dentures and you do not feel comfortable wearing them, you can also consider dental bridges.
Dentures can hinder you from speaking and eating comfortably. Another reason you may need bridges is when you are undergoing full mouth restoration.
Find Out if Dental Bridges are Right for You!
If you are wondering where you can get the best dental services, look no more. At our Frank Dunlap, DDS dental clinic, you will receive the best care and follow-up.
Come find out whether dental bridges are a good option for you by calling us at (346) 576-4411 to schedule an appointment.
Frank Dunlap, DDS
Dr. Frank Dunlap
11451 Katy Freeway, Suite 103
Houston, TX 77079