Dental Bridges – Austin, TX
We Can Bridge the Gap in Your Smile
The daily pressure of chewing can subject your teeth to a whole lot of wear and tear over the years. As a result, sometimes your tooth becomes so damaged that the best option for your oral health is to have it removed. Fortunately, though, you don’t have to suffer through having a missing tooth for long. At Parkfield Family Dental, we offer a restorative solution called dental bridges. With this simple treatment, we can bridge the gap in your smile and allow you to enjoy the benefits of having a full set of pearly whites. Contact us today to learn more.
What Are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge, also known as a fixed bridge, consists of a set of prosthetic teeth strung together to replace anywhere from one to three missing teeth in a row. The two remaining teeth at either end of the space in your grin, which are called abutment teeth, are fixed with dental crowns. Prosthetic teeth called pontics are placed in the middle to literally bridge the gap. Each bridge is custom-made to blend in with the rest of your teeth, so you won’t have to worry about your restoration looking unnatural.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Fixed Bridge?
You might be an ideal candidate for a fixed bridge if you’re missing one, two, or even three teeth consecutively. If your missing teeth aren’t consecutive and are instead located throughout your mouth, then a partial denture might benefit you more than a bridge.
Additionally, the two abutment teeth that will receive the crowns need to be in good enough condition to support the entire restoration. If these teeth have decay, or if we detect signs of gum disease, we’ll have to get those issues treated prior to placing a bridge.
The Dental Bridge Procedure
The process of receiving a bridge begins with a consultation with Dr. Tijerina. After examining your mouth and determining that a dental bridge is just the thing you need to rebuild your smile, he starts the process by preparing your abutment teeth. In most cases, this entails shaving off the outermost sliver of enamel from those teeth to ensure there is enough room in your mouth for the restoration to be bonded to them. Then, we take impressions of your mouth to create a mold that is used to design your bridge. We can fix you with a temporary bridge to protect your teeth and gums while a dental lab fabricates your bridge from the mold. In a few weeks, you’ll return to our Austin office and we’ll replace your temporary with your permanent restoration, allowing you to enjoy the benefits of a complete smile for years to come!
Benefits of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges offer a host of benefits to not just the aesthetics of your smile, but also your oral health. Some of them include:
- Boosting your confidence
- Allowing you to eat a variety of crunchy foods with ease
- Evenly distributing your chewing force
- Preventing your surrounding teeth from drifting out of place
- Maintaining the shape of your facial muscles
- Being able to last 10+ years with proper care