Dental Bridges Overview
Losing one or more teeth can dramatically change how your smile looks and functions, especially in how your upper and lower teeth fit together. With gaps in the arch, the remaining teeth may shift into the spaces and cause misalignment. Dr. Tuan (Anthony) Ly uses dental bridges as a way to replace missing teeth and improve your oral health. Dental bridges are made of two or more crowns fused together, sitting over each side of the gap to fill in the space. This restoration option comes in fixed or removable options and can prevent teeth from moving into the wrong spaces. If you have a gap in your smile, contact the professionals at Made Ya Smile in Missouri City, TX for a custom solution.
Best Candidates for Dental Bridges
Having missing teeth is more than just a cosmetic issue, it affects your oral health and general well-being. Patients may lose the ability to eat certain foods or even speak with confidence. Fortunately, dental bridges can restore the function back to your bite while maintaining the shape of your jaw and face. These restorations keep the surrounding teeth in place when you have one or more teeth missing in a row. Dr. Ly uses custom-colored bridges to create a natural appearance and blend in with your other teeth. At Made Ya Smile, we can permanently bond the bridges to your teeth or dental implants or offer a removable solution that comes with plastic or metal clasps to sit firmly in place. The center of the bridge (pontic) replaces the tooth and appears to start at the gumline. Bridges can be made from Maryland-bonded, cantilever, or implant-supported bridges with materials made of porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, and metal. Our team will help you choose the type of restoration to meet your needs, budget, and overall cosmetic goals.
What To Expect with Dental Bridges
If you feel nervous or uncomfortable about visiting the dentist for a dental bridge procedure, Made Ya Smile can offer sedation options beforehand. Dr. Ly and his team start the treatment by numbing the area and then removing a small portion of the enamel from the supporting teeth so the bridge can fit comfortably. We then take impressions to send to a special dental laboratory where they will create the restoration over the following 1 – 2 weeks. In the meantime, we will place a temporary bridge until you visit for your next appointment. Once the permanent bridge is in place, we will make any needed adjustments and make sure the bite is completely even. Patients who receive a removable bridge will not require the removal of enamel to create their restoration.
Dental Bridges Follow-Up
Patients who opted to receive anesthesia for the procedure should wait until the feeling as returned to their mouth to eat or drink anything. If you experience tooth sensitivity, this should go away after a few days. If the feeling persists or if you notice any concerning symptoms, reach out to our office right away, especially if the temporary bridge comes loose or dislodges. It's important to get that fixed immediately before your remaining teeth shift out of place. Our team at Made Ya Smile will encourage you to keep up with your oral health at home to protect your teeth from cavities. Flossing around a bridge may be different than flossing your natural teeth, so our staff will help educate you on the proper way to work around it. With the right care, the bridge should last for years, so continue to make appointments with Dr. Ly so we can monitor your progress and make changes as needed.
Dental Bridges Insurance Coverage
Before beginning the procedure to receive your dental bridges, the financial or administrative staff at Made Ya Smile will contact your dental insurance provider to confirm coverage. We accept most PPO plans and can file claims on your behalf. To meet your unique needs and budget, we can also offer you one of several options for paying out-of-pocket, including third-party financing through our CareCredit® partner.
Dental Bridge Restorations
Don't allow tooth loss to leave a negative impact on your oral health and overall aesthetic appearance. With dental implants, Made Ya Smile protects your smile and prevents teeth from shifting out of place, causing a misalignment. Dr. Ly uses these restorations with a variety of high-quality materials to meet your unique needs. To work with our team in Missouri City, TX, reach out and schedule a consultation appointment for dental bridges.