About Dental Bridges
When one or more of your teeth are missing, it's not just a cosmetic concern — gaps allow other teeth to become misaligned. This can result in uneven tension on your teeth, discomfort when eating, or impaired speech. A bridge restores the health and appearance of your mouth by covering spaces using a false tooth, which will be supported by your surrounding teeth, dental implants, or both. Our skilled team of board-certified dental professionals offers bridges made with the finest porcelain material to restore your beautiful smile. If you are missing a tooth or teeth, please schedule a consultation at MINT dentistry in Humble, TX to get more information about restoring your smile with a bridge. Custom bridges can rejuvenate your oral health and give you a smile that turns heads.
Many times, people with a missing tooth think it's only a cosmetic problem. However, there are many consequences that a missing tooth or teeth will have on your overall dental health. The fact is, your mouth is balanced carefully so a missing tooth will affect the function of your mouth, as well as your overall health. In time, a large gap can cause your teeth to move, leading to bite problems (a crossbite, overbite, or underbite), as well as atrophy in your jaw and gums. To hold the bridge, your other teeth should be strong. You will also need adequate strength and density in your gums and jawbone. The team of professionals at MINT dentistry will assess your oral health during your exam and consultation so we can develop a personalized treatment plan to help you improve your appearance.
What to Expect
Once your teeth are prepared for your restoration, your MINT dentistry team will take impressions and digital x-rays of your mouth so your bridge can be made. To protect your teeth, a temporary restoration can be placed while your custom bridge is completed. Once your restoration is done, you will come back to have your bridge put in. Before your procedure, you will be asked to sit back in a plush, massaging treatment chair. After putting on a pair of Beats headphones and MINT sunglasses, certain areas of your mouth will be anesthetized with numbing cream to reduce discomfort. Other anesthesia or sedation options are available for anxiety, fear, or a strong gag reflex. The bridge will either be attached to the implant posts or cemented to the surrounding teeth, depending on the option chosen at your initial consultation. Your dentist will fit the restoration for a proper fit that feels comfortable.
Once your bridge is in place, you should notice an improvement in the appearance and function of your teeth. If your teeth feel off in the weeks following the placement, you should schedule a follow-up appointment at MINT dentistry. We will show you how to care for your bridge, particularly how to clean it. It is crucial to keep your mouth and bridge clean because cavities and buildup can still form below the restoration. With proper care, your restoration should help for many years. You should continue to attend appointments at our office for your yearly dental exam and biannual professional cleanings. At your exams, our team will monitor the condition of your restoration to help you decide if it needs to be fixed or if you need a new one.
The MINT Commitment
Restorative procedures, like dental bridges, are typically covered fully or partially by dental insurance. Our team will contact your insurance to determine your coverage and personal costs. Our office accepts many forms of payment, including low-interest financing, which can be reviewed during your initial consultation. We will also help you decide on the correct bridge type and material to fit both your needs and budget. We are dedicated to utilizing the best materials available to make bridges that look natural and beautiful.
When you have a missing tooth or teeth, it can cause a larger condition if you do not get it fixed. Schedule a consultation with a member of our experienced dental team to get more information on custom restorations and the different options to match your goals. MINT dentistry is proud to use custom dental bridges that can help improve the health and appearance of your smile. Contact our modern dental practice in Humble, TX to schedule a consultative appointment.