About Dental Bridges
Losing a tooth or multiple teeth is not just a cosmetic concern — dental gaps allow other teeth to move out of alignment. This can lead to increased tension on your enamel, discomfort while chewing, or trouble speaking. A bridge improves your oral health and the appearance of your smile by filling in gaps using a false tooth held in place by your surrounding teeth, an implant(s), or both. Our experienced team of dental professionals offers custom bridges made from the finest porcelain to repair your smile. If you are missing one or more teeth, schedule an appointment at MINT dentistry in Houston, TX to get more information about restoring your smile with a bridge. Our dental bridges can rejuvenate your health and give you a luminous smile.
Most of the time, people who have a missing tooth or teeth think it's only a cosmetic concern. However, there are a lot of consequences that one or more missing teeth will have on your dental health. Your teeth are balanced carefully, so gaps from missing teeth will impact the function of your teeth and your health. In time, a gap can allow your teeth to move, leading to dental malocclusion (a crossbite, overbite, or underbite), as well as atrophy in your jaw and gums. To hold the bridge, your nearby teeth should be strong. You will also need adequate strength and density in your gums and jawbone. MINT dentistry's team of professionals will check your oral health at your examination and consultation, so we can develop a personalized plan for treatment that will rejuvenate your smile and health.
What to Expect
As soon as your mouth is ready for your restoration, your MINT dentistry team will take impressions and digital x-rays of your mouth so your bridge can be created. To protect your teeth, a temporary restoration can be used while your custom restoration is completed. When your restoration is sent back to our lab, you will come back to have your bridge put in. At the start of your appointment, we will invite you to stretch out in a massaging treatment chair. Once you've put on a pair of Beats headphones and MINT sunglasses, certain areas of your mouth will be anesthetized with numbing cream to eliminate discomfort. Stronger sedation methods may be added for a strong gag reflex or anxiety about the procedure. Your bridge will either attached to the implant posts or cemented to the surrounding teeth based on the option selected at your initial consultation. We will fit your restoration, so it feels right in your mouth and remains in place.
You should notice an improvement in the appearance of your smile and the function of your teeth. If your teeth feel off after the initial placement, you should schedule a follow-up appointment. Your team will teach you how to care for your new restoration, particularly how to properly clean it. It's important to keep your mouth and bridge clean because cavities and buildup can still form below the restoration. With optimal care, your restoration should help for a long time. You should continue to attend appointments at our office for your yearly oral examination and twice yearly professional cleanings. At your check-ups, your dentist will monitor the condition of your restoration to help you decide if it should be repaired or replaced.
The MINT Commitment
Dental restorations like bridges are generally covered, fully or partially, if you are using dental insurance. Our team will contact your insurance to determine your benefits and personal costs. Our office accepts many payment methods, including low-interest financing, which will be explained during your initial consultation. Your dentist will help you decide on the correct type and material of bridge to match both your budget and needs. We are dedicated to using the highest quality materials to make restorations that make your smile natural and beautiful.
When you have a gap in your smile from a missing tooth or teeth, it can turn into long-term complications if you do not get it fixed. Schedule an appointment with a board-certified doctor at MINT dentistry to get more information on dental bridge restorations and all the options that will match your goals. Our MINT dentistry team is happy to place custom dental bridges that can improve the appearance and health of your smile. Contact our modern dental practice in Houston, TX to schedule your appointment.