Dental bridges are fixed appliances used to replace missing teeth for Houston area patients. At Vivid Dental in Houston, we believe that patients should seek restorative solutions for missing natural teeth as soon as possible to avoid further problems such as misalignment and shifting of the existing teeth. Dental bridges are made of porcelain as this material closely replicates the appearance of natural tooth enamel. Porcelain is also very strong and durable and can withstand the biting and chewing forces applied while patients eat. However, this does not mean that they are indestructible. They may become broken or fall off due to normal wear and tear, and should be replaced or re-bonded when necessary.
There are many reasons patients may choose dental bridges. They can help patients in maintaining the beauty and function of their smiles as well as maintain their natural facial shape. They can keep existing teeth from drifting while restoring one’s ability to eat and speak. This is typically a more permanent solution than dentures but more affordable than dental implants.
Receiving a dental bridge typically requires at least two visits. After the initial consultation appointment has been completed and patients are deemed appropriate candidates for a dental bridge, the preparation begins. Local anesthetics are administered and the adjacent teeth are prepared. This requires the removal of a thin portion of enamel to ensure proper fit. Then, molds are made, which are sent to an outside dental laboratory where a ceramist will fabricate the restoration. In the meantime, a temporary bridge may be placed and worn until the next appointment.
After the bridge has been completed, patients return to the dental office for the final application. The bridge is carefully adjusted and cemented over the anchor teeth after the temporary bridge has been removed.
Once the restoration has been placed, patients will speak to their dentist about the care and attention required for maintaining their dental bridge and oral health. Patients will be instructed on how to floss under the bridge and how to care for it to ensure longevity.