A bridge is a dental device used to replace one or more missing teeth. Dental bridges consist of fake teeth held in place by crowns, implants, or porcelain framework adjacent to the missing tooth.
Traditional bridges are the most common, containing one or more fake teeth — or “pontics” — held in place by dental crowns on both sides.
Other bridges attach to a crown on one side of a missing tooth or metal framework attached to the surrounding teeth. For men and women with several missing teeth, implant-attached bridges are another option.
Dental bridges offer many cosmetic and structural benefits — they can:
If the team at Dentistry of Highland Village determines a bridge is the best option for replacing your missing teeth, your dentist begins the process by preparing the teeth adjacent to your missing teeth. Your dentist does this by removing a bit of enamel to make space for your crown.
Next, your dentist takes impressions of your teeth and sends them to the lab where your bridge, crowns, and replacement teeth are made. You’re fitted with a temporary bridge until the final bridge is ready.
At your next visit, your temporary bridge is replaced with your new metal or porcelain bridge. Your dentist adjusts the bridge and checks for the proper fit before cementing it into place. They will show you how to clean and care for your new teeth to keep them always looking their best.
With regular dental checkups and good oral hygiene, your dental bridge can last anywhere from 10-15 years. To keep your dental bridge strong and stable, take good care of the surrounding teeth. Brush twice a day, floss daily, and use an antiseptic mouthwash for good oral health.
State-of-the-art customized dental bridges can refresh your smile and restore function impaired by tooth loss.
To find out if a dental bridge is right for you, use the convenient online booking tool to schedule an appointment or call Dentistry of Highland Village today!
At Dentistry of Highland Village, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
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