For patients who have extensively damaged or decayed teeth that cannot support a crown, the dentists at Sapphire Smiles Dental Specialists may recommend a bridge instead. What are dental bridges, and why do you need one?
What Is a Dental Bridge?
When a tooth or teeth are lost from the oral cavity, a dental bridge helps ‘bridge’ the gap between teeth. The bridge rests on the teeth adjoining the space. If the neighboring teeth are not strong enough to support the bridge, we recommend getting implant-supported dental bridges near you.
The false tooth that fills in for the missing tooth and the two teeth on the sides of the space are called ‘abutments.’ One of our dentists will evaluate the gap and the adjacent teeth to help you determine the best type of dental bridge for your requirement.
Why We Recommend Dental Bridges Near You
In addition to restoring an attractive smile, dental bridges also improve speaking and chewing functionalities. Once one of our skilled dentists in Houston, Katy, Magnolia, or League City secures the dental bridge, you will be able to consume all your favorite foods and smile freely without feeling self-conscious.
How Many Visits Are Required?
You will need to come in for two visits to complete the procedure. During the first appointment, the dentist will prepare the adjacent teeth to receive the crowns and make accurate impressions to send to a dental lab.
We will place a temporary bridge that you can wear until the permanent one is ready. The temporary bridge protects the prepared teeth from damage. Once the permanent restoration is ready, the dentist will remove the temporary bridge and cement it into place. One of our dentists will also examine you carefully for fit and comfort.
Contact Sapphire Smiles Dental Specialists for Dental Bridges
We strongly encourage patients to come in twice a year to check your dental prosthetics for damage or cracks. Our experienced dentists will help you compare the features of different dental restorations and create a personalized treatment plan.