About Dental Bridges
A missing tooth or teeth is more than just a cosmetic problem — gaps can cause other teeth to become misaligned. This can cause uneven tension on your teeth, pain when eating, or impaired speech. A bridge restores the health and appearance of your mouth by covering spaces with a false tooth that is supported by your other teeth, dental implants, or both. At MINT dentistry, our skilled team of doctors and dental professionals offers bridges made with the finest porcelain to restore your smile. If you are missing a tooth or teeth, schedule a consultation at MINT dentistry in Houston, TX to learn more about bridges. Custom dental bridges can restore your mouth and give you a stunning smile.
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Many times, patients with a missing tooth believe it is just a cosmetic problem. However, there are several consequences that a missing tooth or teeth can have on your oral health. The fact is, your mouth is carefully balanced and gaps can affect the health and function of your mouth. Over time, a gap can cause your teeth to shift, creating misalignment (an overbite, underbite, or crossbite), and gum and bone atrophy. To support the restoration, your other teeth must be strong. You'll also need enough strength and density in your gums and jaw. The team of professionals at MINT dentistry will evaluate your teeth during your annual exam and consultation to help us create a customized treatment plan to help you improve your appearance.
What to Expect
Once your teeth are prepared for the bridge, our team will take digital x-rays and impressions of your teeth so your bridge can be made. If needed, a temporary bridge can be placed while your custom bridge is being made. Once your bridge is done, we will schedule an appointment to place your bridge. Before your procedure, you will be asked to sit back in a luxurious 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 reduce discomfort. Other anesthesia or sedation options can be used to address anxiety, fear, or a strong gag reflex. The bridge will either be cemented in place or attached to dental implants depending on the method chosen during your consultation. Your dentist will adjust the fit of the bridge to make sure it fits properly.
After the placement of your custom bridge, you should have a vast improvement in the function of your teeth and the appearance of your smile. If your mouth feels uncomfortable following the placement, you may need a follow-up at our office. We will demonstrate how to maintain your bridge, including how to clean it. It is crucial to keep your bridge and mouth clean since buildup and cavities can still develop underneath the restoration. With proper care, your bridge should last for many years. You should keep scheduling appointments at MINT dentistry for your annual dental exam and bi-annual dental cleanings. During your exams, we will assess the health and wear of your bridge to decide if it needs to be adjusted, repaired, or replaced with a new restoration.
The MINT Commitment
Restorations like bridges are usually covered, at least in part, if you have dental insurance. We will work with your insurance company to understand your coverage and remaining costs. We accept many forms of payment, including low-interest medical financing, which can be reviewed during your first appointment. We will help you choose the best type of bridge and material to fit both your goals and budget. MINT dentistry is committed to utilizing the best porcelain material available to create bridges that look beautiful.
If you're missing a tooth or teeth, it can lead to more than just a cosmetic problem if you don't address it. Schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified dental professionals to learn more about bridges and which options will fit your needs and goals. We are pleased to use high-quality dental restorations that can improve your oral health and appearance. Contact MINT dentistry in Houston, TX to schedule a consultative appointment.