About Dental Bridges
A missing tooth or teeth is not just a cosmetic problem — gaps allow other teeth to become misaligned. This can cause uneven tension on your teeth, pain when eating, or impaired speech. A bridge improves the health and appearance of your mouth by filling in gaps using a false tooth that is held in place by your other teeth, an implant(s), or both. Our experienced team of dental professionals offers custom bridges made from the finest porcelain to repair your smile. If you are missing a tooth or teeth, schedule an appointment at MINT dentistry in Dallas, TX to get more information about bridges. Custom bridges can rejuvenate your mouth and give you a smile that's dazzling.
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Many times, patients who have a missing tooth or teeth think it's just a cosmetic problem. However, there are several consequences that one or more missing teeth will have on your dental health. Your teeth are balanced carefully, so gaps will impact the health and function of your mouth. In time, a gap can allow your teeth to move, leading to misalignment (an overbite, underbite, or crossbite), as well as gum and bone atrophy. To hold the bridge, your other teeth must be strong. You will also need enough strength and density in your gums and jaw. The team of professionals at MINT dentistry will evaluate your teeth at your annual exam and consultation to help us create a personalized plan for treatment that will improve your appearance.
What to Expect
Once your mouth is prepared for your restoration, our team will take impressions and digital x-rays of your mouth so your bridge can be made. To protect your teeth, a temporary bridge can be used while your custom restoration is completed. When your restoration is done, we will schedule an appointment to place your bridge. Before your appointment, we will invite you to sit back in a luxurious treatment chair. Once you've put on a pair of Beats headphones and MINT sunglasses, certain areas of your mouth will be anesthetized with numbing cream to reduce discomfort. Stronger sedation methods can be used to address anxiety, fear, or a strong gag reflex. Your bridge will either attached to the implant posts or cemented to the surrounding teeth based on the method selected at your initial consultation. Your dentist will fit your restoration, so it fits snugly in place and feels natural.
Once your bridge is in place, you should notice a vast improvement in the function of your teeth and the appearance of your smile. If your mouth feels off after the initial placement, you should schedule a follow-up appointment at our office. We will demonstrate how to care for your new restoration, particularly how to properly clean it. It's important to keep your mouth and bridge clean because buildup and cavities can still form below the restoration. With optimal care, your restoration should help for a long time. You should keep scheduling appointments at our office for your yearly oral examination and twice yearly professional cleanings. At your check-ups, we will monitor the condition of your restoration to decide if it should be fixed or if you need a new one.
The MINT Commitment
Restorative procedures like dental bridges are usually covered, fully or partially, if you have dental insurance. We will contact your insurance to understand your benefits and remaining costs. We accept many payment methods, including low-interest medical financing, which will be reviewed during your first appointment. We will help you choose the correct type of bridge and material to match both your goals and budget. We are dedicated to using the highest quality materials to create restorations that make your smile beautiful.
When you're missing a tooth or teeth, it can lead to a complex issue if you do not address it. Schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified dental professionals to get more information on custom restorations and which options will match your needs and goals. We are pleased to use custom dental bridges that can improve both the appearance of your smile and your oral health. Contact MINT dentistry in Dallas, TX to schedule your initial consultation and exam.