Missing permanent teeth can happen for many reasons, but you don’t have to live with gaps in your smile. At Reality Bites Dental in San Antonio, Texas, Kathleen Torres, DDS, Marii Malagayo, DDS, and their highly trained team offer customized dental bridges to restore an imperfect smile and create flawless beauty. Schedule an evaluation by phone or request one online today.
Dental bridges are typically nonremovable appliances used to replace missing permanent teeth.
Various bridges exist, but a traditional bridge is highly popular. It’s made of porcelain fused with metal and consists of two crowns that bond over the top of the teeth adjacent to a gap. The two crowns contain an artificial tooth between them, which is the replacement tooth.
Another type of bridge is an implant-supported bridge. It often contains three artificial teeth connected, anchored by dental implants (artificial metal tooth roots). Implant-supported bridges serve the same purpose as traditional bridges: replacing missing permanent teeth.
Custom-made dental bridges at Reality Bites Dental offer various benefits for your oral health and smile, including:
A permanent dental bridge is sturdy, strong, and long-lasting. It can last decades or even a lifetime when cared for properly. Bridges sometimes require replacement because of normal wear.
To determine if a dental bridge is right for you, the Reality Bites Dental team examines your mouth, gums, and teeth. They discuss your oral health history, take dental X-rays if needed, and ask about your goals and treatment preferences. Your dentist customizes a plan that best matches your individualized needs.
Before receiving a dental bridge, you might need a tooth extraction or a bone grafting procedure, depending on the type of bridge you require and whether or not you have enough jawbone to anchor an implant-supported bridge.
Your dentist digitally scans your mouth, which allows a dental lab to create a custom-fitted traditional or implant-supported bridge that fits your mouth perfectly. They may insert dental implants into your jaw and allow for a period of healing.
When your bridge is ready, simply return to the Reality Bites Dental office. The dental team bonds your new bridge to adjacent teeth or dental implants and ensures it fits properly and comfortably.
Take good care of your new bridge by brushing your teeth daily, flossing every day, seeing your dentist at least every six months, and not chewing on hard objects.
Schedule an evaluation at Reality Bites Dental by phone or request one online today to take advantage of dental bridges.