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.
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"Great overall experience. Dr. Patel and her staff really take amazing care of their patients and make you feel welcome and at ease the minute you step into the office. Today she squeezed me into her already busy schedule to fix me up with a new veneer that broke off my tooth just hours before. They did an excellent job! In the two plus years I’ve been going to HHD, I’ve never been disappointed. Here are a few more highlights: none of her shots ever hurt, she always calls you in the evening to check that everything is ok, competitive prices."- J.S. / Google / Oct 03, 2019
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"Dr. Patel and her staff are very friendly and professional. I have never had such an informative and thorough comprehensive exam. I will definitely be back."- M.M. / Google / Sep 26, 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.