Dental Bridge Houston, TX
Dental bridges offer a restoration option aimed at replacing a missing tooth or teeth for cosmetic and functional purposes. Dental bridges quite literally bridge the gap between natural and missing teeth. The bridge itself is made up of two or more dental crowns, generally with a gap in between, that are anchored to existing natural teeth – abutment teeth. The use of a dental bridge is effective in restoring a patient’s natural bite as well as to prevent the shifting of other existing teeth.
The false teeth used in a dental bridge can be constructed of porcelain, gold, alloys, or a combination of these materials. Each has unique benefits, making each a functional option for different areas of the mouth.
Crowns and Bridgework
Dental bridges are used for:
The Dental Bridge Process
After your initial consultation with Dr. Dose determining whether or not a dental bridge is the right restoration procedure for you, the dental bridge process will then begin.
The first step is to prepare the abutment teeth for attachment. This involves contouring the shape of the teeth by removing enamel to make room for a crown to be placed over them. Impressions will then be made of your bite and your teeth and sent off to a dental lab for fabrication. While your bridge is being constructed by the lab Dr. Dose will make for you a temporary bridge to protect your gums and existing teeth.
Your second appointment will involve the fitting and placement of your new dental bridge. The temporary bridge will be removed and your new metal or porcelain bridge checked for proper fitting. Dr. Dose will adjust as necessary until the perfect fit is achieved. If the bridge that you are receiving is a permanent bridge Dr. Dose may add a temporary cement at first and have you return within a few weeks to ensure a perfect fit remains. Once he and you are satisfied with the fit, he will permanently cement it into place.
The life span of a dental bridge will vary from patient to patient depending on their personal oral hygiene practices. With proper care – including regular dental exams, cleanings, daily flossing and brushing – a dental bridge should last the patient 15 years or more. The success of the bridge itself is dependent on a solid foundation. This means that keeping the existing natural teeth in the best possible health will ultimately determine the life of your permanent or removable dental bridge.
If you are a patient that is suffering from tooth loss and wishes to explore your tooth replacement options, call the office of Dr. Nicholas Dose today at (281) 940-6960 for your consultation.
General and Cosmetic Dentistry
From crowns and bridges to periodontal care and extractions, Justin Lai, DDS offers a wide range of general and cosmetic dental treatments. If you have a dental concern, Dr. Lai will have a solution.
Edge Dental is equipped with digital x-rays, intra-oral cameras and 3-dimensional cone beam imaging to gain the best possible information about patient dental health. This enables Dr. Lai to view teeth, gum tissue and surrounding bone structures in high resolution from all angles. Based on findings, treatment plans are designed to optimize oral health with minimally invasive procedures.
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