Dental Bridges in Central TX

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What Are Dental Bridges?

Missing one or more teeth can cause concerns for your oral health and the appearance of your smile. When teeth are lost, it is often more difficult to eat and speak with ease. Tooth loss can also lead to changes in how your teeth fit together, as remaining teeth drift into spaces left by missing teeth. Over time, this can create tension in the jaw and other oral health issues. To help patients with missing teeth, ACE Dental of Texas is pleased to offer custom dental bridges. A bridge connects to neighboring teeth or a set of dental implants to fill a space left by tooth loss. We create dental bridges for each patient to blend naturally with the smile and restore normal oral function. If tooth loss is affecting your oral health, please contact us today and learn about your options for a custom dental bridge.

Ideal Candidates for Dental Bridges

You may be an ideal candidate for a dental bridge if you have lost one or more teeth within a specific area of your mouth. To support a bridge, surrounding teeth must be healthy, have good jawbone density, and be free from gum disease. A bridge may be made from porcelain, high-grade metals, or a combination and is typically comprised of several dental crowns fused into a single restoration. Each end of the bridge (abutment) fits over teeth adjacent to the missing tooth while the center crown (pontic) serves as a false tooth. In some cases, a bridge may be supported by dental implants. Our highly trained dentists can help determine if a bridge is right for you and select the bridge type and material to best meet your tooth replacement needs.

How Are Dental Bridges Placed?

Bridges are often completed in two office visits. During your first appointment, our team will numb the treatment area and can provide sedation dentistry to help you feel more relaxed if needed. We will then remove some of the enamel from the designated support teeth to allow your bridge to fit evenly within your mouth. After your teeth are prepared, we will take a digital iTero impression and use this image to custom-design your bridge. A temporary bridge may be placed while your custom tooth replacement is made by our partner lab, which generally takes about 1 – 2 weeks. When your permanent bridge is ready, we will have you return and bond your restoration to your teeth or attach it to dental implants previously positioned in your jaw.

Caring for Your Tooth Replacement

Once your bridge is in place, you should have a noticeable improvement in the appearance and function of your teeth. Adjustments can then be made to ensure a comfortable and even bite. Our team will show you how to maintain your restoration and discuss the best brushing and flossing techniques to use. It is important to keep your bridge and mouth clean, as tooth decay can still develop underneath the restoration. We encourage you to attend appointments at ACE Dental for routine preventive dentistry visits. Our dentists will monitor the health and wear of your bridge and support teeth during each of your dental exams. With proper care, your custom bridge can last for several years.

Insurance Coverage for Bridges

Tooth replacements, like bridges, may be covered in part by dental insurance. Before your appointment, our business team will review your specific plan and create an estimate of any personal costs. ACE Dental is committed to helping all patients get the quality care needed for a healthy smile and will work with you to find an affordable solution for uncovered expenses. Our practices accept a selection of convenient payment options and are happy to assist you in applying for medical financing.

Complete Your Smile With a Dental Bridge

Even if you are not bothered by the appearance of a missing tooth, it may lead to long-term problems for your health if left untreated. Dental bridges are a common tooth replacement solution that offers a natural-looking result and can allow you to eat and speak with renewed self-confidence. Schedule a consultation with ACE Dental of Texas today and find out if a bridge is an ideal solution for completing your smile.

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