Dentist in Houston explains why the dental bridge is a popular tooth replacement
Patients suffer from missing teeth for various reasons including trauma, congenital absence and gum disease. The team at Vivid Dental understands tooth loss can be embarrassing. Therefore, we provide several solutions including dental bridges. Patients come from Houston and other the surrounding areas for the skills and expertise of our dental team. There are many reasons the dental bridge is a popular tooth replacement.
The dental bridge has crowns to anchor it and contains an artificial tooth called a pontic to replace a missing tooth. The crowns are placed on adjacent teeth. If you are considering dental bridge treatment, we recommend scheduling a consultation. At your appointment, we will review your medical history and ask you about your smile goals. We will examine the health of your mouth, teeth, and gums and may take x-rays to examine the jawbone and soft tissues. If dental bridge treatment is right for you, we will tailor a plan to meet your needs.
For treatment, we will make impressions of your mouth, which are used to customize your dental bridge. We will use local anesthetic to numb the affected area and minimally prepare the adjacent teeth for the crowns. When necessary, we can provide sedation to ensure patient comfort and relaxation. We offer nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas.” If you choose to be sedated, we will place a comfortable mask over your nose, which administers the nitrous oxide. This sedative provides a moderate level of relaxation; however, you are conscious and alert throughout the procedure. After the procedure, the effects of sedation wear off quickly, allowing you to drive home from your appointment.
We will provide proper aftercare instructions to ensure you can keep the dental bridge in good condition. It will be important to maintain your oral health by brushing at least twice a day, flossing before bedtime, and scheduling regular dental check-ups. We will ensure you understand how to use a dental floss threader to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. With proper care, your dental bridge can last more than a decade.
Many patients ask about the advantages of dental bridges. There are physical as well as emotional benefits. Restoring the ability to bite, chew, and speak properly can ensure a healthy smile. Enhancing the beauty of the smile can increase self-esteem and renew confidence. Patients often feel better about their appearance and are more inclined to laugh and socialize.
Do you think a dental bridge is the solution to your tooth loss? We will be happy to talk with you during a consultation. Schedule yours by calling (281) 809 4902.