Do you feel a bit overwhelmed after our dentists, Dr. Bruce Smith or Dr. Samuel Carrell, recommended restoring your smile with a dental bridge? If so, it’s probably because you don’t know much about this restoration. So, to help you feel more prepared for and relaxed about your upcoming dental appointment at Bruce W. Smith, DDS, our dental team is happy to give you the answers to some dental bridge questions.
Q: What is a dental bridge?
A: A dental bridge is a dental restoration that can replace one or more missing teeth. It is made of a false tooth (or multiple false teeth) and two dental crowns. The false tooth (teeth) is in the middle and the dental crowns are on the sides. The crowns anchor onto the natural teeth that lie on each side of the gap in your mouth and hold the replacement tooth in place.
Q: What are the benefits of a dental bridge?
A: A dental bridge can restore your smile, give you the ability to properly chew and speak, maintain the shape of your face, add force to your bite, and prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
Q: What is the process of placing a dental bridge?
A: The treatment process is simple and painless. Your dentist will begin by numbing the anchoring teeth with a local anesthetic. Then, he will shave those teeth to make room for the crowns. Once they are the right size and shape, your dentist will make impressions of them. The impressions will be sent to a dental lab where a technician will create the bridge. Once the bridge is made, you will come back to our office. Here, your dentist will cement the bridge into your mouth.
If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about dental bridges in Houston, Texas, please remember that our dental team is always here to help you, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. All you need to do is call 713-529-4364 and we will be more than happy to help you!