What Are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges are custom tooth replacement restorations that can help return function and cosmetic appeal to your smile after tooth loss. Losing any number of natural teeth can make it more challenging to speak, bite, chew, and even smile in comfort. Remaining teeth may also drift into gaps left by missing teeth, which can alter how your teeth fit together when you bite down. In time, this may lead to stress in the jaw or a number of other dental concerns. At ACE Dental of New Braunfels, our talented general dentists routinely provide custom dental bridge prosthodontics to help patients who have lost natural teeth. Bridges replace missing teeth by attaching to surrounding teeth or dental implants that have been inserted into the jaw. Meet with our New Braunfels, TX dentists to explore how a dental bridge or other tooth replacement option might improve the function and cosmetic appeal of your smile!
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Is a Dental Bridge Right for You?
Patients who need to replace one or more missing teeth within a certain area of the mouth may be good candidates for dental bridges. The neighboring teeth that will support the bridge must be in good condition and surrounded by healthy bone and gum tissues. Bridges are comprised of several dental crowns molded together into one appliance and are crafted of porcelain, metal, or a combination of both. The ends of a bridge (abutments) will be made to fit snugly over the support teeth while the center (pontic) will serve as the replacement tooth. For some patients, bridges might be best supported by implants surgically placed in the jaw. Our team can explain your options and help you decide if a traditional or implant-retained bridge is ideal for your needs.
How Are Dental Bridges Placed?
In many cases, bridges are placed over a two-step process. Local anesthesia will be used to numb the area, but nitrous oxide gas may also be provided for those who feel anxious. One of our dentists will begin by removing a portion of the enamel from each of the support teeth, which will allow the bridge to sit flush within the arch. A digital iTero impression will then be taken of the area and used by a dental lab to custom-craft your tooth replacement restoration. While your bridge is being created, you will wear a temporary bridge to maintain function and appearance. We will schedule you to return a few weeks later to have your new bridge bonded to the support teeth or securely attached to implants that were previously inserted into your jaw.
Caring for Your Tooth Replacement
Your new bridge should provide a seamless look for your smile and an improvement in your biting and chewing abilities. We can make adjustments as necessary to enhance your comfort and to ensure your bite is balanced. Maintaining good oral hygiene each day is vital since the teeth supporting your bridge can still become decayed. A member of our staff will show you the best techniques to use when cleaning under and around your new bridge. When you visit our New Braunfels, TX practice for routine care, one of our dentists will evaluate the condition of your bridge and overall oral health. However, a dental bridge may serve your tooth replacement needs for several years with optimal care.
Insurance Coverage for Bridges
Bridges are common tooth replacements that may be partially covered under many dental insurance plans. To review your individual benefits, our business staff will contact your provider ahead of time and then calculate any out-of-pocket costs. We will work with you to explore budget-friendly financial plans and can explain the convenient payment options accepted at ACE Dental of New Braunfels.
Custom Dental Bridges for Tooth Replacement
Missing even one tooth can cause dramatic changes in your cosmetic appearance and oral function when left unreplaced. Dental bridges from our New Braunfels, TX dentists can offer a seamless, natural-looking result for your smile and may provide an effective way to overcome tooth loss. Schedule a visit at ACE Dental of New Braunfels to learn more about tooth replacement with traditional and implant-retained bridges.