A dental bridge resolves the problem of missing teeth and addresses the oral health issues they cause, like the problematic shifting of surrounding structures. Dr. Nathan Muaina of Southern Hills Dental in Garland, Texas, offers these appliances that “bridge” the gaps in your smile. To find out if a bridge might be the best tooth replacement option for you, call or schedule a consultation online today.
Dental bridges are fixed prosthetics that provide you with an excellent option for replacing missing teeth lost due to any reason, including tooth decay or injury. Dr. Muaina uses dental bridges to fill gaps in your smile by bonding them to surrounding teeth on either side of a gap.
Dental bridges also preserve your oral health. When you’re missing teeth, neighboring teeth are prone to shifting, which can increase your chances of developing tooth decay or gum disease. Bridges help prevent such oral health problems.
With proper care, such as attending your appointments with Dr. Muaina for regular cleanings and checkups and proper oral hygiene, dental bridges should last at least 10 years.
Dental bridges are a cost-effective option to replace one or more missing teeth. During your office visit, Dr. Muaina answers your questions, and the two of you determine if dental bridges are the best choice.
Implant-supported devices, such as dentures, require a strong jaw bone that can support a surgically-inserted metal implant. If your jaw bone isn’t strong enough to support an implant, bridges are a great option.
The typical material for dental bridges is ceramic or porcelain. To fabricate your bridge, Dr. Muaina takes impressions of your teeth and then sends them to a dental lab. Expect your custom-made bridges to match the shade and overall appearance of your natural teeth.
You typically schedule two appointments to have Dr. Muaina place your dental bridges.
At your first appointment, Dr. Muaina takes impressions of your mouth and sends them to a dental lab to produce your bridges. He may also file down your teeth to make room for your bridges to fit snugly inside your mouth. This process involves sizing the surrounding teeth that will serve as anchors for the bridge.
At your second appointment, Dr. Muaina fits you with you your dental bridge by bonding the prosthetic with a strong adhesive to neighboring teeth. In the following weeks and months, he closely monitors your progress to ensure you’re happy with the results.
To learn more about dental bridges, call or schedule a consultation online today.