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
"If you’re in need of dental care, I highly recommend Dr. Neela Patel of Houston Heights Dentistry. Dr. Patel is a highly skilled dentist who is dedicated to providing her clients with exceptional dental services. She conducts herself with the utmost professionalism at all times and truly cares about each of her patient’s dental heath."- T.L. / Google / Feb 28, 2020
"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
"Dr. Patel is awesome. I've seen her since I switched from my pediatric dentist (over 15 years). Her new secretary Phyllis; however, is quite rude. To make a simple appointment, she cuts me off when I'm speaking, she doesn't listen when I explain requests due to details of prior appointments, and she has hung up the phone up in my face. This has happened on multiple occasions. I've never had issues for the same services from the previous secretary who was always delightful. Phyllis gives a negative experience before you arrive to your actual appointment. The awful part is there's no one else to speak to in order to avoid her nasty attitude."- J.P. / Google / Jan 25, 2021
"Great team that cares about their profession. I’d recommend to any individual or family in need of a caring Dentist."- J.R. / Google / Nov 11, 2020
Dental Bridges 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.
Dental Bridges Treatment Aftercare
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.
Dental Bridges Insurance Coverage
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.