Dental Bridges: Replace Missing Teeth, Revitalize Your Smile
Do you often find yourself hiding your smile due to missing teeth? Our Kingwood, TX dentist, Dr. Derek Scott can help you replace missing teeth with dental bridges so you can achieve the smile you want . Dr. Scott is committed to helping all patients regain confidence in their smiles by offering high quality restorative dentistry options for Texas residents in Kingwood, Humble, Atascocita, Porter, and the surrounding areas.
What Are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge is a restoration made of a row of false teeth called pontics. It’s custom-made to fill the space left by lost teeth by replacing them. Your bridge can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials, and is bonded onto surrounding teeth for support. Patients often opt for dental bridges because of their natural appearance, longevity, and fast placement process.
The Benefits of Dental Bridges
Besides giving patients a fully functional and vibrant smile, there are many benefits dental bridges provide including:
- An enhanced smile
- Fast placement process
- Corrected facial structure
- Easy maintenance
- Natural appearance
Why Patients Need Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are often a good choice for anyone who is missing teeth, has significant teeth gaps, or has severely damaged or decayed teeth. As a reliable and affordable solution, dental bridges are highly recommended for patients dealing with:
- One or multiple missing teeth
- Bite problems
- Difficulty chewing
- Self Consciousness about their smile
- Pain caused by excess stress on the teeth or jaw
The Dental Bridge Process
Our Kingwood dentist wants to ensure your dental bridge procedure is as comfortable and satisfactory as possible. In just two appointments, your smile can be fully restored.
At your first appointment, Dr. Scott will prepare your anchor teeth by gently removing a small portion of enamel to ensure your bridge will fit perfectly. A detailed digital impression of your smile will then be taken to craft your customized dental bridge.
Two weeks later, you’ll return to our office for your final fitting appointment.The dentist will fit the bridge to your teeth and your new smile will be secured. Unless stated otherwise, there won’t be a need for a third appointment.
Patients should care for their dental bridges by practicing good oral hygiene such as brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing at least once a day, cleaning underneath your bridge to remove any debris and food particles, and scheduling regular dental cleaning and exams at our Kingwood office.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are dental bridges covered by insurance?
Dental bridges are often covered by insurance, as they’re typically considered a necessary treatment. It’s best to get in contact with your insurance provider to find out how much they are willing to cover. If your insurance doesn’t cover the costs to your liking, talk to your dentist about possible financing options.
How many teeth can be in a dental bridge?
Dental bridges can support one to four adjacent missing teeth. Patients who need more than four teeth replaced may benefit from a partial denture instead. During your consultation, your dentist will evaluate your oral health to determine if dental bridges are best suited for your needs.
How long do dental bridges last?
With proper care, dental bridges typically last between five and seven years. If you maintain good oral hygiene and visit your dentist for biannual checkups, your bridge may last as long as 10 years. Be sure to follow any advice your dentist gives you for maintenance to get the most out of your dental bridge.
Call Dr. Scott to Learn More About Dental Bridges
Don’t let missing or damaged teeth stop you from smiling. Schedule a consultation with our Kingwood dentist and learn more about dental bridges by dialing (281) 358-3125. You can also request an appointment by filling out our online contact form. We can’t wait to hear from you and to guide you on your journey to a new and improved smile.