What Are Dental Bridges?
Large gaps in your grin from tooth loss will cause much more than just an unfavorable appearance to your smile. When you fail to replace missing teeth with restorations, you can cause the surrounding teeth in the arch to shift or drift out of their natural position. Improperly aligned teeth will cause negative changes to your bite, how you chew your food, and how you talk. We have solutions to replacing teeth that do not qualify for a dental crown. Our Made Ya Smile Dental team in Kingwood, TX can create a dental bridge, which is a fixed or removable oral appliance attached to existing teeth on either side of a missing tooth. You may benefit greatly from a consultation with our Made Ya Smile Dental dentist who can make a custom bridge of your choosing as a replacement tooth option.
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Is a Dental Bridge Right for Me?
If you have a missing tooth that cannot be supported and it is next to another tooth or teeth, you would likely be a candidate for a bridge or a dental implant. If you have a missing tooth in the middle of several healthy teeth, you risk the health and positioning of the remaining teeth as they compensate for the deficit. Not replacing a missing tooth or teeth with a bridge or implant can make eating difficult, distort the appearance of your facial features, and disrupt your normal speech pattern. If you are unsure about what type of restorative you would like to have, we can help you decide which option best fits your situation.
How Are Dental Bridges Placed?
We will take you to a comfortable treatment room to begin your bridge preparation. You may request nitrous oxide sedation or oral-conscious sedation if you feel it would make the treatment less anxiety-producing for you. Once you are numb from a local anesthetic, your dentist will remove a portion of the enamel from teeth situated on each side of the gap from the missing tooth. The prepared teeth will act as a support system for the bridge. A temporary crown will be fashioned for you to wear until the high-quality crown returns from being manufactured at a laboratory. At a second appointment, we will cement your bridge into place and make adjustments as needed to give you the appropriate bite. If a removable bridge is made, we will show you how to take it out and maintain it properly.
How Can I Care for My Dental Bridge?
If you happen to lose your temporary or fixed bridge or it becomes loose, please contact us right away so that we can replace it quickly. Your natural teeth may shift if there is nothing holding them in place. Your fixed bridge may not fit properly if this happens. You will need to learn how to properly maintain a bridge because it needs to be cleaned underneath (flossed) in a special way to protect your oral health. At your routine exam and cleaning appointments at Made Ya Smile Dental, our dentist will check your bridge to make sure it is in great working order.
Will My Insurance Cover a Dental Bridge?
Depending on the type of bridge you select for your restoration, the fees can vary. If you have dental insurance coverage, it may cover a portion or percentage of the cost. Made Ya Smile Dental wants all patients to have access to affordable care and accepts a variety of payment methods, including convenient patient financing with CareCredit®. Our team will contact your provider to review your specific plan details and coverage amounts before collecting out-of-pocket expenses.
Restore Your Smile After Tooth Loss
When one or more of your teeth are missing, we have a custom dental bridge made specifically for you when you need it most. If you leave missing teeth without the proper support of a restorative, then you could be looking at even more expensive dental bills in the long run. Talk to our team at Made Ya Smile Dental in Kingwood, TX about dental bridge options that are comfortable and easy to maintain. We look forward to helping you achieve optimal oral health with our dental bridge restorations.