About Dental Bridges
Losing a tooth or multiple teeth is more than just a cosmetic concern — missing teeth can cause other teeth to shift out of place. This can lead to more tension when biting, discomfort during chewing, or trouble speaking. A bridge restores the appearance and health of your mouth by covering spaces with a false tooth that is held in place by your natural teeth, dental implants, or a combination of both. At MINT dentistry, our experienced team of board-certified dental professionals offers bridges made with the finest porcelain material to repair your smile. If you are missing a tooth or teeth, schedule a consultation at MINT dentistry in Conroe, TX to get more information about restoring your smile with a bridge. Our dental bridges can restore your mouth and give you a smile that's dazzling.
Best Candidates for Dental Bridges
Most of the time, patients who have a missing tooth or teeth believe it's just a cosmetic problem. However, there are a lot of consequences that a missing tooth or teeth can have on your oral health. Your teeth are balanced carefully so gaps will affect the function of your mouth, as well as your overall health. Over time, a large gap can allow your teeth to shift, creating misalignment (an underbite, overbite, crossbite), and gum and bone atrophy. To support the bridge, your nearby teeth should be strong. You will also need adequate strength and density in your gums and jawbone. Our team will evaluate your oral health at your exam and consultation before creating a personalized plan for treatment to help you restore your smile.
What to Expect with Dental Bridges
Once your mouth is prepped for your bridge, our team will take impressions and digital x-rays of your teeth so your custom bridge can be crafted. To protect your teeth, a temporary bridge can be placed while your custom bridge is being made. When your bridge is ready, your procedure will be scheduled by our support staff. At the start of your appointment, you will be asked to stretch out in a massaging treatment chair. Once you've put on a pair of our MINT sunglasses and Beats headphones, the selected areas of your mouth will be anesthetized with numbing cream to eliminate discomfort. Stronger anesthesia or sedation options may be added to address any dental anxieties or a strong gag reflex. Your bridge will either be attached to the implant posts or cemented to the surrounding teeth, depending on the option selected during your consultation. Your dentist will fit your bridge so it feels right in your mouth and remains in place.
Dental Bridges Treatment Aftercare
When your custom bridge is set in place, you should see an improvement in the appearance and function of your teeth. If your teeth feel off after the initial placement, you may need a follow-up at our office. A member of our team will teach you how to care for your bridge, particularly how to clean it. It is important to keep your mouth and bridge clean because buildup and cavities can still develop underneath the restoration. With optimal care, your bridge should last for many years. You should keep scheduling appointments at MINT dentistry for your annual dental exam and biannual professional cleanings. During your checkups, your dentist will assess the condition of your bridge to help you decide if it needs to be replaced or repaired.
The MINT Commitment
Dental restorations, like bridges, are usually covered, at least in part, if you have dental insurance. One of our team members will contact your insurance to determine your benefits and out-of-pocket costs. We accept many payment methods, including medical financing, which can be reviewed during your consultation. Your dentist will also help you choose the correct type and material of the bridge to match both your budget and needs. MINT dentistry is dedicated to using the best porcelain material available to create restorations that look seamless and attractive.
When you have a missing tooth or teeth, it can cause more than just a cosmetic problem if you do not seek treatment. Schedule a consultation with a board-certified doctor at MINT dentistry to learn more about bridges and the different options to match your goals. MINT dentistry is proud to place high-quality dental bridges that can improve the health and appearance of your smile. Contact our state-of-the-art dental practice in Conroe, TX to schedule an appointment for an examination and consultation.