Dental Bridges

Dental Bridges in Houston, TX

A dental bridge is a fixed prosthetic made to replace one or several missing teeth. Bridgework is cemented in place for a permanent tooth replacement solution. Some bridges are attached to supporting natural teeth, while others are connected implant posts.

Why It’s Important to Replace Missing Teeth

Living with tooth loss comes with many challenges. Replacing those missing teeth will restore proper mouth function, and it will improve your appearance. A filled-in smile doesn’t shift out of alignment, causing jaw and bite problems. Besides, it is harder to keep shifted teeth clean. Then they are more susceptible to decay, gum disease, and tooth and bone loss.

Dental Bridges in Houston, TX

Usually, two visits are needed to complete the bridge procedure. At the first appointment, the supporting teeth are prepared. These are the teeth on either side of the gap. This step is necessary to make room for a dental crown that will encase the treated tooth. Crowns can also support the replacement tooth.

Then, Dr. Newlin will take a mouth impression and send the mold to an outside lab where the bridge will be custom-crafted. A temporary bridge will be placed to protect the prepared teeth.

The permanent bridge is adjusted and fixed in place during the second visit. At this time, Dr. Newlin will make sure the bridgework fits appropriately. When all is well, then the final bridge will be permanently cemented.

What to Expect After a Bridge Procedure?

After your dental bridge procedure is completed, you may experience some mild pain or discomfort when chewing or biting. You may also feel tooth sensitivity for a couple of days. Over-the-counter pain medication can be taken to manage any unpleasant symptoms. In most cases, Dr. Newlin prescribes OTC ibuprofen. But if your pain persists for several days, please contact Lux Dental Studio.

Caring for Bridgework

A properly placed quality bridge will serve you well with good oral hygiene habits and regular dentist visits. The longevity of your bridge also depends mainly on the health of your supporting teeth. Call our Houston, TX dental office today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.

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