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
"A PLEASANT VISITI visited Dr. Neela Patel's office for the first time Nov 2019 for the military veteran's smile event. I was able to fill my paperwork out ahead of time with the help of the excellent receptionist to save time during the initial visit. As I entered the office I noticed the lobby was modern, warm & welcoming. Quickly, my initial evaluation was conducted with 3D panoramic high tech equipment and a friendly technician. After the evaluation, I was escorted back to the lobby and offered light refreshments as I enjoyed the joyful music. As I enjoyed my snacks , I noticed another patient that was obviously suffering from some anxiety due to a dental visit. I witnessed the receptionist come from behind the desk to comfort the patient both verbally and physically. As I observed tears subside , pacing reduce and peace fill the room , I was nothing short of impressed with how the office staff when above and beyond to comfort patients. I met Dr. Patel during my procedure and her bubbly personality was delightful ! Another technician finished the job and answered all of my question regarding preventive maintenance and dental care. As I was leaving , I was given a "to go" bag with recommended products to continue my dental health journey. I was reminded that my teeth will be the last identifiable part of my body and how long they last is a direct reflection of my involvement of care. Although it was only my first visit, it felt as if I was visiting a friend to do homework at their home. THANK YOU Dr. Patel and the wonderful support staff! I HIGHLY RECCOMEND THIS OFFICE TO ALL SEEKING DENTAL CARE :)"- S.M. / SmileReminder / Dec 21, 2019
"I went in for a teeth cleaning as a new patient and they were extremely thorough and gentle! They were able to see a few minor problems that need fixing and have been nothing shy of friendly. They answer any questions you may have!!"- K.J. / Google / Dec 06, 2019
"I was very impressed with Dr Patel and her staff - to a person they are wonderfully efficient and gracious. Her work is outstanding, my bite has always been complicated but she shaped my new fillings expertly and they have been totally comfortable. I also have TMJ problems and a small mouth and typically experience discomfort after dental work. She and her assistant managed things quite well and I had zero soreness afterward. She also used 'anti-numbing' at the end to speed up the process of normalization which cut the time in half, so I was presentable and could resume work more quickly."- M.R. / Google / Nov 25, 2019
"I can't say enough good things about Dr. Patel and her staff. due to personal neglect, I have some serious dental issues and I am self-conscious about it; so it is hard for me to go into the dentist office. Dr. Patel is amazing and her staff does a wonderful job treating me in a way that minimizes pain/discomfort. I give Dr. Patel's office 5 stars only because I am not able to give her anything more than that. If you are looking for a dentist, especially if you have dental office related anxiety like me, I highly recommend Dr. Patel's office."- D.M. / Google / Nov 23, 2019
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.