If you have missing teeth in the greater Houston area, Dr. Jasmine Naderi at Best Dental may recommend a dental bridge as a permanent tooth replacement option. Some patients may also have teeth that have broken down and need to be removed. This is another example of where a dental bridge can come in handy; as a substitute for your missing tooth.
What is a dental bridge?
Dental bridges are materials that are placed in the mouth to help replace missing or broken teeth. Bridges are supported by your adjacent teeth to help anchor a permanent tooth replacement that allows patients to chew and function properly. Bridges for missing front teeth can also help rejuvenate your smile, and give you back you long lost confidence.
Types of dental bridges
Your affordable dentist will help you decide what type of dental bridge is right for your case.
A traditional dental bridge is commonly seen as a permanent tooth replacement option that your dentist may recommend. These bridges are commonly used when you have healthy adjacent teeth next to the missing gap. Traditional dental bridges are often composed of either porcelain, metal, gold, or a combination of various elements. Your dental team may also call these “fixed dental bridges” as they cannot be removed after they are cemented.
An implant bridge is when you have multiple missing teeth, and dental implants are used to form a bridge. These bridges have an advantage when our patients are looking for a permanent solution to their missing teeth versus getting a removable appliance such as a partial denture.
These bridges are normally used when there are healthy teeth only on one side of the missing tooth. These bridges are also fixed as they cannot be removed.
These are also known as resin-bonded bridges, and they have an advantage of reducing a minimal amount of adjacent tooth structure for them to be bonded on. On the downside, these bridges are more susceptible to de-bonding because they are not as strong as your traditional dental bridge. You will commonly see these bridges used when a front tooth is missing. The false tooth in these bridges are normally connected to a metal or resin appliance.
These are sometimes known as ‘removable bridges.’ These are commonly used when two or more teeth in the jaw is missing. Sometimes, your dentist may also end up placing dental crowns on the teeth the partial dentures grasp on to.
What is the procedure for dental bridges?
Commonly, a dental bridge procedure takes two visits to complete. The first visit includes the preparation of the adjacent teeth, and a series of dental impressions that are ultimately sent to your dentists laboratory. After the mold is taken, an interim restoration is placed on the prepared teeth.
During this first visit, the adjacent teeth are prepared because space needs to be created for the construction of the dental bridge. The mold that is taken gives an exact replica of your mouth to the dental lab in order for them to accurately make the dental bridge. The lab will make the bridge and the pontic in a manner that is cosmetic and functional in nature.
Once the dental bridge is manufactured, it is sent back to your dentist. You will come back for a second visit, where your dental team will remove the temporary bridge, and cement the permanent one into place. During the final visit, some changes to the bridge may be made by your dentist to help it fit more properly inside your mouth.
How to prepare for your dental bridge
During your initial consultation appointment with Dr. Jasmine, she will evaluate your mouth and your x-rays to determine if a dental bridge is right for you. Once it is agreed that a bridge is your best option to replace your missing tooth, the material that the dental bridge will be composed of will be chosen by you and your dental team.
How to maintain your dental bridge
You will want to take good care of your dental bridge, as these permanent appliances can last up to 15 years inside your mouth. Brushing and flossing with a floss threader will be of utmost importance to help maintain the integrity of your bridge. Your dentist will show you how to use this floss threader after your bridge is placed inside your mouth.
How much do dental bridges cost?
The average cost of dental bridges in Houston, TX is $3,000. This is for a 3-unit bridge. If you are missing multiple teeth, expect to pay more for longer span bridges. Our team at Best Dental offers multiple dental finance options for patients who need their teeth replaced as soon as possible.
Why choose Best Dental for your dental bridge?
We have so many Houston residents come to our dental office to receive their dental bridge. Not only do we provide bridges that are affordable, but we also make sure that they are of the highest quality that our patients deserve. Contact Dr. Jasmine Naderi and her team today to receive a complimentary dental evaluation today!