About Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are one means of replacing one or two missing teeth together that have been lost, and,thus, creating a gap. A false tooth/teeth are placed in the space and attached to existing teeth on one or both sides of the gap. For dental bridges, there are three main options: a traditional bridge, a cantilever bridge, and a Maryland bridge. For traditional bridges, the false tooth is attached to teeth on either side of the gap. A cantilever bridge is attached to two or more teeth but only on one side of the gap. In a Maryland bridge or resin-bonded bridge, the false tooth is supported by wings or framework bonded to the surrounding natural teeth. At Houston Heights Dentistry, Dr. Neela Patel performs all three types of dental bridges to repair and restore your smile.
"Dr. Neela Patel and staff are wonderful. I've been going here for 20 years and even though it is out of the way from my work and home it's worth the drive."- D.A. / Google / Sep 18, 2018
"Dr. Neela and her team go above and beyond to get the results you want!"- A.S. / SmileReminder / Apr 12, 2019
"Dr. Patel and her staff are OUTSTANDING"- M.K. / SmileReminder / Feb 27, 2019
"I have been going here for 8 years with nothing... - I have been going here for 8 years with nothing but great experiences."- B.W. / SmileReminder / Nov 30, 2018
"Everyone was extremely nice and my appointment ... - Everyone was extremely nice and my appointment was very interactive, they use the latest technology and equipment to catch problems early. I went in for my first appointment and I was taken care of quickly and effectively. I know my teeth are in the right hands! Thank you Dr. Patel!"- A.B. / SmileReminder / Oct 26, 2018
What to Expect
After the teeth to which the false tooth will be attached are prepared, impressions and pictures will be taken and sent to a dental laboratory where the permanent bridge will be made. A temporary bridge is created and placed with temporary cement, and can be used until the permanent bridge is ready to be placed. Once received, it will be tried in and adjusted to fit for ideal comfort and appearance, and then permanently attached.
Because temporary cement is used, the temporary bridge may come off before the permanent bridge is ready. If so, don't worry - just give us a call and we'll place it back on right away. With proper home care and regular visits to our office for professional cleanings and dental exams, dental bridges usually last 10–15 years or longer. A good home oral care routine includes proper brushing at least twice a day and flossing once a day.
If you have dental insurance, some of the cost of your dental bridge may be covered depending on your carrier and specific coverage. Typically, bridges require a 50% patient co-pay. Our administrative team will coordinate with your insurance to minimize your personal cost. We also accept many payment options and offer financing for our dental procedures.
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Smile Without Gaps
Large spaces between teeth and missing teeth can stop you from having your best smile, and your best chewing function, so please contact our team at Houston Heights Dentistry about dental bridges to fill in gaps. In addition to improving the appearance of your smile, bridges can restore the health and strength of your teeth, overall.