Missing something? We can help!
If you are missing 1 or more teeth, a dental bridge could be the right option for you! A dental bridge is a fixed restoration piece, that once installed by your dentist becomes a permanent part of your smile. Dental bridges provide our patients with the ability to eat, speak and chew properly again by alleviating excess stress on their existing teeth, and by strengthening the ones that are weak. They also decrease the chances of gum disease and tooth decay which in turn can affect your overall health.
What to Expect:
Knowing what to expect during your visit with us, can set many patients’ minds at ease.
- Examination: Your dentist will examine your mouth and teeth thoroughly, and based on the condition of your teeth will determine if you are a good fit for a dental bridge.
- Prepping your teeth: The dentist will then clean and prep your teeth, around the empty gum space. This is where the bridge will be placed.
- Removal of enamel: Now, in this next step a minimal amount of enamel will be removed from the teeth so that your crowns for your dental bridge fit correctly over your existing teeth.
- Make your impression: Impressions are then taken to ensure the correct size, shape, and placement. These are used to then make a mold for your bridge, and all of the components needed.
- Temporary Bridge: Then, your temporary bridge will be placed until your permanent fixture is ready. This will protect any exposed teeth and gums until your second visit arrives.
- Your second visit: During this visit, your dentist will remove the temporary bridge, and place the newly adjusted permanent bridge in its place.
- Adjustments: Bridge adjustments will be needed throughout time. Your dentist will ensure a proper fit by adjusting, checking, and readjusting until you are completely satisfied and comfortable with the feel of your new smile.
*More visits may be needed as teeth begin to shift, adjustment will be made accordingly.
What's The Process?
- Determining you as a candidate – During your routine examination, your dentist will look over the condition of your teeth and mouth.
- Prepping your existing teeth – Your dentist will clean and prep the teeth around the empty gum space where the crowns that hold the bridge will be placed.
- Remove minimal enamel – This is done so that the crows for your dental bridge fit correctly over your teeth.
- Make an impression – Impressions are are taken to insure the correct size and shape. These impressions are used to make a mold for your bridge and all of its components.
- The Temporary Bridge – You will most likely have a temporary bridge to wear in place of your permanent fixture as they are being made custom for you. This protects the exposed teeth and gums in the meantime until your second visit.
- Your Second Visit – Your second visit will be when your dentist removes your temporary bridge and your permanent piece is adjusted for you.
- Adjustments – During the course of your second visit, you will get adjusted for your piece. Your dentist will ensure a proper fit by, adjusting, checking, and readjusting until you are satisfied with the feel of your new smile. More visits may be needed as teeth shift to adjust accordingly.
A Lasting Smile Without Breaking the Bank
While many patients can be hesitant to inquire about dental bridges, because of the daunting aspect of costs. At Texas Family Dental, we want to see you smile change the world, so we have several financing options available to help you get there.
We Are Here To Help You
Many patients are hesitant to inquire about bridges because of the daunting aspect of cost. Here at Texas Family Dental, we want to see you smile, and we have several financing options available. Give us a call today, and let’s have you smiling tomorrow.