What Are Dental Bridges?
If you have lost a tooth, then you may be facing oral health concerns that go beyond the aesthetic appearance of your smile. The loss of even a single tooth can have a big impact on your ability to eat and talk normally. This can even affect the way your upper and lower teeth fit together while biting. If you have a gap in one of your arches, then your other teeth may try moving into this open space, which will change the alignment of your bite. Dental bridges are a frequently used method for addressing this by acting as a replacement for missing teeth.
Fixed or removable dental bridges can close the gap that has been left in your mouth after losing a tooth. These appliances are made of two or more crowns that have been molded together so that the teeth on either side of this gap can be used as an anchor. Dental bridges can help a patient to eat and speak more easily and can also prevent surrounding teeth from shifting or creating a bite misalignment. If you have lost a tooth and are looking for an effective solution, then be sure to contact our office in Rosenberg, TX so that our dentist can advise you on your best treatment options.
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Is a Dental Bridge Right for Me?
Choosing to ignore a missing tooth can turn into more than a simple cosmetic problem. Losing your natural teeth can have an impact on your overall health by harming your ability to eat properly along with affecting your ability to speak and smile with confidence. Dental bridges are a great method of helping our patients confront the challenges of tooth loss. This type of dental restoration helps return your mouth to a more natural function while also offering an aesthetically pleasing appearance. Bridges can also be a great method of keeping your surrounding teeth in place to prevent them from drifting towards the gaps created by a missing tooth.
There are several options available for dental bridges, and the right choice will depend on your unique oral concerns. Our dentist is always ready to help our patients determine which dental bridge will best meet the needs of their situation. Our team at Made Ya Smile is proud to offer removable, fixed, Maryland-bonded, cantilever, and implant-supported bridges to patients of all ages who have had to deal with the struggle of losing a tooth. Our bridges are made from high-quality porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, and all-metal materials to make sure you get the quality and efficiency you deserve from your dental appliance.
How Are Dental Bridges Placed?
Our team will always take the utmost care to make sure you are comfortable during your time with us. Sedation options will be available during your procedure, and our team will be happy to talk about this if you are feeling anxious about being in the dentist’s chair. Our dentist will begin the treatment by numbing your mouth using local anesthetics before removing a small amount of enamel from the teeth surrounding your desired bridge. This is done as a precaution to make sure the ends of your bridge will be able to rest comfortably over these teeth while they act as anchors for your appliance. Once this is done, we will take an impression of your mouth which will be sent to our dental lab. Your customized bridge will be created using high-quality materials before being sent to our office. Once it has arrived, we will schedule a follow-up appointment with you so our dentist can position the appliance properly in your mouth while sharing advice on proper care and use of the bridge. We will observe your bite to see if there is any discomfort or if adjustments are needed.
Placing a removable bridge isn't as extensive as fixed appliances. The procedure is very simple and only requires an impression of the teeth. Your impression will be sent to our certified dental lab to be created and once it is ready, it will be sent to our office. From there, a follow-up appointment will be scheduled and you will be fitted for your bridge.
How Can I Care for My Dental Bridge?
You can expect to experience some mild discomfort, swelling, and/or soreness after your procedure but this will dissipate as the fixture settles and you get used to having it in place. If there is any outlasting pain or discomfort, please contact our office right away so we can get you in as soon as possible to make adjustments if needed. It's important to remember that the purpose of your removable bridge is help prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting out of place and if your device isn't worn regularly, unwanted changes may arise.
Maintaining the cleanliness of your oral appliance is key in supporting long-term oral health and results. Our team will educate you on how to best care for your dental bridge so it can last you prevent any food debris or plaque buildup from developing, which will compromise the structure and function of your appliance. Routine brushing and flossing is also essential in your overall oral health and keeping all annual dental exams and bi-annual cleanings. With proper care and maintenance, your bridge should last a long time.
Will My Insurance Cover a Dental Bridge?
Your dental bridge may be partially covered by your dental insurance plan. To make certain of this, our team will reach out to your provider before beginning any treatments. We will be sure to inform you of any expected out-of-pocket costs before moving forward as well. Made Ya Smile in Rosenberg, TX works with most PPO dental insurance plans, and our staff can file your claim on your behalf. As a family-owned practice, our team is committed to helping you get the dental treatments you need to have a healthy, confident smile. Our office accepts several payment methods, and we are happy to work with you to find affordable medical financing options.
Restore Your Smile After Tooth Loss
The loss of even a single tooth can be a big concern for your overall health and even affect your self-confidence. If left untreated, the space created by a lost tooth can create a need for even more complex oral health concerns that require invasive treatment solutions. Dental bridges are a common method of treating lost teeth while restoring the aesthetic appearance of your smile. Our skilled dentist has extensive experience helping patients through the challenges of tooth loss and often recommends the use of dental bridges for patients at Made Ya Smile. For more information on the benefits of dental bridges, and to find out if they are the right treatment option for you, contact our office in Rosenberg, TX today to schedule your consultation.