About Dental Bridges
When one or more of your teeth are missing, it's more than just a cosmetic issue — missing teeth can cause other teeth to shift out of place. This can result in more tension when biting, increased pain during chewing, or even the impairment of speech. A dental bridge restores the appearance and health of your mouth by covering spaces with a false tooth, which will by supported by either your natural teeth, dental implants, or a combination of both. At MINT dentistry, our skilled team of board-certified doctors and dental professionals offers bridges made with the finest porcelain material to help restore your beautiful smile. If you have gaps in your smile, please schedule a consultation at MINT dentistry in Houston, TX to learn more about your restoration options with dental bridges. Dental bridges can help restore your oral health and give you a smile that turns heads.
Often, those with a missing tooth believe it is nothing more than a cosmetic issue. However, there are many consequences that a missing tooth or teeth can have on your overall oral health. The fact is, your mouth is carefully balanced and a missing tooth can affect the function of your mouth as well as your overall health. Over time, a large gap can cause your teeth to shift, creating bite problems (an underbite, overbite, crossbite), and atrophy in your gums and jawbone. To support the restoration, your surrounding teeth need to be strong. You'll also need healthy gums and enough jawbone density. Our team will assess your mouth during your exam and consultation before creating a customized treatment plan to help you restore your smile.
What to Expect
After your teeth are prepped for the bridge, one of our skilled dental professionals will take digital x-rays and impressions of your teeth so your custom bridge can be crafted. If needed, a temporary bridge or restoration can be placed while your custom bridge is being made. Once your bridge is ready, your procedure will be scheduled by our support staff. Before beginning your procedure, you will be asked to relax in a plush, massaging treatment chair. After putting on a pair of our MINT sunglasses and Beats headphones, the selected areas of your mouth will be numbed with local anesthesia to minimize discomfort. Other anesthesia or sedation options are available upon request if you have any dental anxieties or a strong gag reflex. The bridge will either be cemented in place or attached to dental implants depending on the support chosen during your consultation. A member of our team will carefully adjust the fit of the bridge to make sure it stays comfortable and in place.
There should be an immediate improvement in the appearance and function of your teeth. If your bridge feels uncomfortable in the weeks following the placement, you may need a follow-up at MINT dentistry. A member of our team will show you how to maintain your bridge, including how to clean it. It is crucial to keep your bridge and mouth clean since cavities can still develop underneath the restoration. With proper care, your bridge should last for many years. You should continue to schedule regular appointments at MINT dentistry for your annual dental exam and bi-annual dental cleanings. During your exams, our team will assess the health and wear of your bridge to determine if it needs to be replaced or repaired.
The MINT Commitment
Bridges and other dental restorations are typically covered, at least in part, by dental insurance. One of our team members will work with your insurance company to calculate your coverage and out-of-pocket costs. MINT dentistry accepts many forms of payment, including medical financing, which can be discussed during your consultation. Our team will also help you select the best bridge type and material to fit both your needs and budget. MINT dentistry is committed to utilizing the best porcelain material available to provide bridges that look seamless and attractive.
If you have a missing tooth or teeth, it can cause a bigger problem if you don't seek treatment. Schedule a consultation with a member of our experienced dental team to learn more about custom dental bridges and the different options to fit your specific needs. MINT dentistry is proud to offer high-quality dental restorations that can help improve your oral health and appearance. Contact our state-of-the-art dental practice in Houston, TX for more information and to schedule a consultation.