What Are Dental Bridges?
When one or more teeth are lost, the result can impact your oral health in a number of ways. Tooth loss can make normal oral functions, including speaking and eating, more difficult and can affect how you feel about your smile. It can also lead to the movement of remaining teeth, which can alter how your top and bottom teeth fit together and cause other oral concerns. At ACE Dental of Harker Heights, we are pleased to offer custom dental bridges to replace missing teeth. A bridge fills in spaces left by tooth loss by connecting to nearby teeth or dental implants placed within the jaw. Our experienced general dentists customize bridge restorations to feel and look like a natural part of the smile. Get in touch with our Harker Heights, TX practice today for more on this tooth replacement option.
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Is a Bridge Right for You?
A dental bridge may be ideal if you have one or more gaps left by missing teeth within a certain portion of your mouth. Bridges, which are comprised of porcelain, metal, or a combination of both, are made by connecting several dental crowns into a single prosthodontic appliance. The ends of the bridge (abutments) fit snugly over the teeth on either side of the gap while the center part (pontic) functions as the false tooth. Some dental bridges may also be supported by a set of dental implants that have been surgically placed in the jaw. The team at ACE Dental of Harker Heights can explain your tooth replacement options and help you decide whether a traditional or implant-retained bridge is right for your tooth replacement goals.
How Are Dental Bridges Placed?
Dental bridges are commonly completed over a two-step process. To begin, we will numb your mouth and may administer nitrous oxide sedation if you feel anxious when undergoing dental care. A portion of the tooth structure on the support teeth will be removed so that your bridge can sit evenly and comfortably within your bite. An iTero digital impression will be taken of the prepared teeth and used by a dental lab to create your custom tooth replacement. We may have you wear a temporary bridge over the next 1 – 2 weeks while your custom appliance is being made. When your new bridge arrives at our office, our team will bring you back in and bond your bridge securely to the support teeth (or attach it to your dental implants).
Caring for Your Tooth Replacement
You should experience a significant improvement in your oral function and the look of your smile once your new bridge is in place. Our dentists may adjust the restoration to ensure a balanced bite and will provide instructions on how to best brush and floss around this appliance. Keeping up with good oral hygiene is essential since cavities can still form on the teeth supporting your tooth replacement. Attending regular cleanings and exams at ACE Dental of Harker Heights can also help maintain your bridge and oral health. We will assess the condition of your restoration during these preventive care visits. A bridge may serve your tooth replacement needs for several years when it is well-cared for.
Are Bridges Covered by Dental Insurance?
Traditional and implant-retained dental bridges may be partially covered under some dental insurance plans. A member of our billing staff will review your insurance benefits before estimating any personal costs. At ACE Dental of Harker Heights, we want all patients to have beautiful, healthy smiles and offer affordable rates for our services. Please talk with our team for more information on patient financing and other convenient payment options.
Overcome Tooth Loss With a Dental Bridge
Tooth loss can change more than just the look of your smile. Replacing missing teeth with a bridge from ACE Dental of Harker Heights may help reestablish normal biting and speaking abilities and give you a renewed sense of confidence. If you are missing any teeth, we would love to help you explore your treatment options. Please contact our Harker Heights, TX team today to book a visit with one of our caring, experienced dentists.