Tooth loss doesn’t just impact the appearance of your smile–it can affect your ability to bite, chew, and speak, too. Luckily, our dentists in Dallas, TX, can help you replace one or more missing teeth with natural-looking dental bridges.
At Lakewood Dental Group, Dr. Shaun Sigurdson and Dr. Mihir Patel use high-end technology to provide our patients with quality dental bridges that look as good as they feel. So, don’t wait for a second longer–restore the appearance and function of your smile with a custom-made dental bridge!
What are dental bridges?
Dental bridges are restorative devices that can replace one or more missing teeth in a row. Dr. Sigurdson and Dr. Patel can use metal clasps or dental crowns on healthy, neighboring teeth to keep dental bridges firmly in place. As a result, patients can effectively improve their oral function and aesthetic, allowing them to speak, bite, chew, and smile with confidence.
What is the process like to get a dental bridge?
First, a comprehensive consultation with our Lakewood dentists will help us determine if a patient is an ideal candidate for a dental bridge. If they are, then we will take digital impressions of the patient’s mouth, which we will send off to a trusted dental laboratory to create their personalized appliance.
Once the lab finishes the patient’s unique appliance, our team will schedule an appointment to check the fit and feel of the new dental bridge. After Dr. Sigurdson and Dr. Patel secure the dental bridge in place, patients will have a perfectly restored smile that looks and feels great!
How do I care for a new dental bridge?
Dental bridges require the same care as natural teeth, so patients should:
- Brush at least twice daily with a non-abrasive toothpaste and soft-bristled toothbrush
- Floss at least once daily
- Limit sugary foods and drinks
- Avoid damaging behavior, like chewing on ice or using teeth as a tool to open packaging
- Schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings with our Lakewood dentists
How long do dental bridges last?
Patients can expect to enjoy their dental bridges for at least five to ten years. However, with proper care, some patients can enjoy their dental bridges for a lifetime!
What are the advantages of dental bridges?
The advantages of dental bridges include:
- Minimally invasive
- Better oral health
- Improved aesthetic
Unlike dental implants, dental bridges do not require oral surgery to keep them securely in the mouth. Instead, neighboring teeth keep the restoration firmly in place. So, dental bridges are a great option for patients who do not want to undergo surgery to replace missing teeth.
Better Oral Health
A single missing tooth can wreak havoc on a patient’s oral health. The space left behind from missing teeth causes the jawbone to deteriorate over time, which can lead to further tooth loss. Additionally, surrounding teeth are likely to shift out of alignment, which can affect a patient’s bite and lead to accidental chips and fractures. Dental bridges help patients avoid these issues.
Facial muscles rely upon healthy teeth and bones to maintain their structure. Subsequently, patients may notice that their facial muscles begin to sag or pucker after losing one or more teeth. A dental bridge helps fill the gap left behind by missing teeth, which gives facial muscles much-needed support and improves the appearance of patients’ smiles.
Schedule a Dental Bridge Consultation Today
Are you ready to talk to a knowledgeable Lakewood dentist about quality tooth-replacement options, like dental bridges? If so, then schedule your consultation at Lakewood Dental Group today by scheduling your appointment online or by calling our Dallas dental office at (214) 827-1885.