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Dental Bridges in Houston, TX

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what are Dental Bridges?

One or more missing teeth can create an unsightly gap in the mouth that many people want to repair. This can be naturally and seamlessly done with dental bridges that actually “bridge” the gap. At Cosmetic Dental Associates in Houston, the dentists construct bridges by placing 2 or more crowns on either side of the gap, also known as the anchoring teeth. One or more false teeth, which are made of porcelain, gold, alloy, or any combination of the materials, will be placed in between the crowns. Once bridges are installed, the smile is restored and the ability to speak clearly and chew properly are also restored for gorgeous results. 

What Are The Benefits Of Dental Bridges?

Tailor-made dental bridges in Houston, TX at Cosmetic Dental Associates can help restore your beautiful smile with a number of great benefits, including:

  • Preserves the health of the gums and neighboring teeth
  • Strengthens the bite and chewing
  • Improves speech
  • Maintains the profile and shape of the face
  • Creates a more youthful look
  • Faster and easier to place than dental implants
  • More secure than dentures

Am I a Good Candidate for a Dental Bridge?

Missing teeth are not just a cosmetic issue — spaces between the teeth can heavily impact your oral health. Your mouth is balanced carefully, and a missing tooth may affect its function significantly. In time, a missing tooth may lead to teeth shifting, creating bite problems and atrophy of the gums and jawbone. A dental bridge requires the surrounding teeth to be strong enough to hold the restoration with good density in the jawbone and gums. Dr. Davis or Dr. Guerre will assess your mouth at your exam and consultation to help you decide on the best type of bridge (traditional, cantilever, resin-bonded, or Maryland-bonded) and material (ceramic, porcelain, metal, and porcelain fused to metal) for your needs.

how does a DENTAL BRIDGE work?

Preparing and placing a dental bridge usually takes at least 2 appointments at the dentist’s office. During the first visit, the dentist will prepare the abutment teeth by filing them down to make room for the dental crowns. After the teeth are prepared, the dentist will take impressions of the teeth, which will be sent to a dental laboratory where experts will create a bridge, including the pontic and surrounding crowns for the abutment teeth. While the permanent bridge is being created, the dentist will place a temporary bridge over the patient’s teeth for protection. Once the custom-made bridge is returned to the dentist’s office, the dentist will remove the temporary bridge and cement the permanent bridge into place. The dentist will check and adjust the bridge to give the patient their best fit, but the patient may need to return in a few weeks to have their fit and bite re-checked.

how do you care for a DENTAL BRIDGE?

Dental bridges can last 5 – 15 years, or longer with proper home came and regular exams and cleanings by the dentist. Patients can keep their bridges and natural teeth healthy by brushing twice a day, flossing, and using an antiseptic mouthwash daily. Patients should make annual dental exams and bi-annual dental cleanings with their dentist to ensure the bridge is clean and in good condition.

how much does a DENTAL BRIDGE cost?

A traditional or cantilever bridge starts at $1,500 and can be over $12,000. Maryland bridge is $1,000 – $2,500. Most dental insurance carriers will cover some or part of the cost of the bridge, so the front office will consult with the patient’s insurance to get a better estimate of the patient’s out-of-pocket costs. The cost of the bridge will include the appointments for the impressions and fitting, plus any follow up visits needed to adjust the bite and fit.

Dental Bridges FAQ

How many teeth can be on a bridge?

Typically, a dental bridge is used to replace 1 - 4 teeth. When replacing more than four teeth, a larger dental bridge must be created, which can make it less stable. During your consultation, Dr. Davis or Dr. Guerre will talk to you about what dental bridge options are best for

How long do dental bridges last?

With proper care, cleaning, and regular dental check-ups, you can expect a dental bridge to last between 5 - 15 years, or even longer in some cases. As we age, often our teeth may change and shift, requiring adjustments to a dental bridge. That’s why regular dental exams at Cosmetic Dental Associates in Houston, TX, are always recommended.

How long does it take to make a dental bridge?

Typically, preparing and placing a dental bridge will take two appointments at Cosmetic Dental Associates. The first appointment prepares your teeth for the crowns the bridge will attach to, and an impression of your teeth will be made. You’ll receive a temporary bridge while your permanent bridge is being custom-made for you. During your second appointment, your bridge will be placed and adjusted for a comfortable, snug fit.

How much does a dental bridge cost?

Here are typical cost ranges for a dental bridge:

  • Traditional or cantilever bridge: $1,500 - $12,000
  • Maryland bridge: $1,000 - $2,500

Does insurance cover dental bridges?

Most dental insurance will cover some or part of the cost of your bridge. Our staff will consult with your insurance provider to determine your out-of-pocket costs for your dental bridge.

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If you avoid smiling to hide a gap in your teeth, call our office to schedule a consultation and learn about dental bridges and if they are right for you. Your dentist can tell you if a dental bridge can improve the appearance of your smile and give you a healthier mouth.

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