Affordable Dental Bridges in Houston, TX | Dental Bridge Cost | Best Dental

If you have missing teeth, you may be searching for the best teeth replacement options that is right for you. Porcelain dental bridges are some of the best tooth replacement options for patients that have lost one or more teeth. They are also a fixed appliance, which means that you do not have to worry about removing them once they are cemented in your mouth.

At Best Dental, we will give you a comprehensive exam, and let you if a bridge would be the ideal restorative option for your particular case. In this article, we will delve into what dental bridges are, and answer some of those lingering questions that you may have.

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

There are various types of dental bridges that dentists are able to use to restore your missing teeth. During your evaluation, your dentist will choose that type that suits your particular needs. Below are some examples of a dental bridge that may be recommended to you.

Traditional Bridge

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.

Implant Bridge

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.

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Cantilever Bridge

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.

Maryland Bridge

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.

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How much do dental bridges cost?

The cost of the entire dental bridge procedure depends on several factors, including the number of fake teeth used, the complexity of attachments, type of dental bridge used, location of the dental bridge, and whether additional treatments were necessary to prepare for dental bridges.

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.

What is the procedure for dental bridges?

Commonly, a dental bridge procedure takes two visits to complete.

Visit 1 (Teeth Preparation and Impressions)

The first visit includes the preparation of the adjacent teeth, and a series of dental impressions that are ultimately sent to your dentist’s laboratory. After the mold is taken, an interim (temporary bridge) 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.

Visit 2 (Cementation of permanent bridge and adjustments)

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.

Your bite will also be check at the end of the visit to make sure your biting forces are evenly distributed along the bridge itself. Your dentist will also show you how to floss between your bridge using a floss threader, as well as discuss other options to keep your bridge as clean as possible.

Radiographs and dental x-rays will also be taken to make sure your bridge seats perfect along the prepared teeth.

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.

 

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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!

Other Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Bridges

What are some benefits of dental bridges?

  • They help you restore a beautiful smile.
  • The improve your speech and allow you to talk correctly.
  • They prevent shifting of your other teeth due to the spaces.
  • They help restore your facial structure.
  • They help distribute your biting forces so that you are not putting too much pressure on certain teeth.
  • They look like your natural teeth giving you the ability to smile and regain your confidence.
  • They improve your chewing pattern, which improves your overall health.

How long do dental bridges last?

Dental bridges normally last up to 10 years before they need to be replaced. With proper care, dental bridges can last up to two decades.

How do you clean under a dental bridge?

Dental bridges can be cleaned using a floss threader or a water pik. Both are viable options. After your second visit where your dental bridge is restored, your dentist will go over how to keep your bridge as sanitary as possible.

Can dental bridges be completed in one visit?

The answer is unfortunately no. With modern technologies, dental bridges need an actual lab to construct the bridge. This makes them a two visit procedure.

With newer technologies such as Cerec dental crowns which are made in in the dental office, we may not be too far for one visit dental bridges becoming a reality in the near future.

How natural does a dental bridge feel?

Dental bridges feel very natural because they are constructed out of a material called Porcelain. Porcelain is very smooth and glossy just like our own tooth enamel. This allows our cheeks and tongue to get used to the bridge within a few days.

How many teeth can bridges replace?

Most dental bridges can replace 1-3 teeth, but larger bridges may be possible for your particular case. Our team at Best Dental will determine if that is a suitable option for you during your consultation visit.

Are dental bridges superior to dental implants?

Another option to replace missing teeth are dental implants. These are screw shaped rods that are placed into your jawbone that emulate the roots of your teeth. Crowns or caps are placed on top of these rods that act like your actual teeth. There are some circumstances that dental bridges are superior to implants. These include:

  • Lack of jaw bone support for dental implants.
  • Medical conditions like Osteoporosis and certain cancers, which would make dental implants contraindicated.

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Can a broken or chipped dental bridge be repaired?

No. Unfortunately, nothing can bind to the missing Porcelain that broke off. If your dental bridge is broken, it will need to be replaced by your dentist.