About Dental Bridges
Losing a tooth or multiple teeth is not just a cosmetic problem — dental gaps allow other teeth to become misaligned. This can result in increased tension on your enamel, discomfort during chewing, or trouble speaking. A dental bridge restores the appearance and health of your mouth by filling in spaces with a false tooth that is supported by either your other teeth, dental implants, or both. At MINT dentistry, our experienced team of board-certified dental professionals offers dental bridges made from the finest porcelain material to help repair your smile. If you have gaps in your smile, please schedule an appointment at MINT dentistry in Lake Worth, TX to learn more about restoring your smile with a bridge. Custom dental bridges can help restore your health and give you a stunning smile.
Often, patients who have a missing tooth or teeth believe it is only a cosmetic issue. However, there are a lot of consequences that one or more missing teeth can have on your dental health. Your mouth is carefully balanced, and gaps from missing teeth will impact the function of your teeth and your health. Over time, a gap can cause your teeth to shift, leading to misalignment (an overbite, underbite, or crossbite), as well as atrophy in your jaw and gums. To support the bridge, your other teeth should be strong. You'll also need enough strength and density in your gums and jaw. MINT dentistry's team of professionals will check your oral health during your examination and consultation to help us create a personalized plan for treatment to help you restore your smile.
What to Expect
As soon as your teeth are ready for your bridge, your MINT dentistry team will take digital x-rays and impressions of your teeth so your bridge can be created. To protect your teeth, a temporary bridge or restoration can be placed while your custom bridge is completed. When your bridge is done, you will come back to have your bridge put in. Before beginning your appointment, you will be asked to stretch out in a plush, massaging treatment chair. Once you've put on a pair of our MINT sunglasses and Beats headphones, the selected areas of your mouth will be numbed with local anesthesia to reduce discomfort. Stronger anesthesia or sedation options may be added for anxiety, fear, or a strong gag reflex. The bridge will either be cemented in place or attached to dental implants, depending on the method selected during your initial consultation. Your dentist will adjust the fit of the restoration for a proper fit that feels comfortable.
Once your bridge is in place, you should notice an immediate improvement in the appearance of your smile and the function of your teeth. If your mouth feels off in the weeks after the initial placement, you may need a follow-up at our office. We will demonstrate how to care for your new restoration, including how to properly clean it. It is important to keep your bridge and mouth clean because cavities can still develop underneath the restoration. With proper care, your restoration should help for many years. You should continue to attend appointments at MINT dentistry for your yearly dental examination and twice-yearly dental cleanings. During your checkups, your dentist will assess the health and wear of your bridge to determine if it should be repaired or replaced.
The MINT Commitment
Restorative procedures, like dental bridges, are typically covered fully or partially if you are using dental insurance. One of our team members will work with your insurance company to determine your benefits and remaining costs. We accept many payment methods, including low-interest financing, which can be reviewed during your consultation. Our team will help you choose the best type and material of your bridge to fit both your goals and budget. We are committed to utilizing the best materials available to make bridges that look beautiful.
If you have a gap in your smile from a missing tooth or teeth, it can turn into more than just a cosmetic problem if you don't get it fixed. Schedule an appointment with a member of our experienced dental team to learn more about dental bridge restorations and which options will match your needs and goals. We are proud to use high-quality dental bridges that can help improve the health and appearance of your smile. Contact MINT dentistry in Lake Worth, TX to schedule your initial consultation and exam.