About Dental Bridges
When one or more of your teeth are missing, it's not just a cosmetic issue — missing teeth allow other teeth to shift out of place. This can result in more tension when biting, increased pain during chewing, or even the impairment of speech. A dental bridge improves the appearance and health of your mouth by filling in gaps using a false tooth, which will by held in place by either your natural teeth, an implant(s), or a combination of both. Our experienced team of board-certified dental professionals offers bridges made from the finest porcelain material to help repair your beautiful smile. If you have gaps in your smile, please schedule an appointment at MINT dentistry in McKinney, TX to get more information about your restoration options with dental bridges. Our dental bridges can help rejuvenate your oral health and give you a luminous smile.
Often, those who have a missing tooth or teeth think it's nothing more than a cosmetic issue. However, there are many consequences that one or more missing teeth will have on your overall dental health. Your teeth are balanced carefully, so a missing tooth will impact the function of your mouth as well as your overall health. In time, a large gap can allow your teeth to move, leading to bite problems (an underbite, overbite, crossbite), as well as atrophy in your gums and jawbone. To hold the bridge, your surrounding teeth need to be strong. You will also need healthy gums and enough jawbone density. Our team will assess your mouth at your exam and consultation before creating a personalized plan for treatment that will restore your smile.
What to Expect
After your mouth is prepped for your restoration, one of our skilled dental professionals will take impressions and digital x-rays of your mouth so your custom bridge can be crafted. To protect your teeth, a temporary bridge or restoration can be used while your custom restoration is completed. When your restoration is ready, your procedure will be scheduled by our support staff. Before beginning your appointment, we will invite you to relax in a plush, massaging treatment chair. Once you've put on a pair of Beats headphones and MINT sunglasses, certain areas of your mouth will be anesthetized with numbing cream to minimize discomfort. Stronger sedation methods are available upon request if you have any dental anxieties or a strong gag reflex. Your bridge will either attached to the implant posts or cemented to the surrounding teeth based on the support selected at your initial consultation. A member of our team will carefully fit your restoration, so it feels right in your mouth and remains in place.
You should notice an immediate improvement in the appearance and function of your teeth. If your bridge feels off in the weeks after the initial placement, you should schedule a follow-up appointment at MINT dentistry. A member of our team will show you how to care for your new restoration, particularly how to properly clean it. It's important to keep your mouth and bridge clean because cavities can still form below the restoration. With optimal care, your restoration should help for a long time. You should continue to schedule regular appointments at our office for your yearly oral examination and twice yearly professional cleanings. At your check-ups, our team will monitor the condition of your restoration to determine if it should be repaired or replaced.
The MINT Commitment
Dental restorations like bridges are typically covered, fully or partially, by dental insurance. One of our team members will contact your insurance to calculate your benefits and out-of-pocket costs. MINT dentistry accepts many payment methods, including medical financing, which will be discussed during your consultation. Our team will also help you select the correct bridge type and material to match both your needs and budget. We are dedicated to using the highest quality materials to provide restorations that make your smile seamless and attractive.
When you have a missing tooth or teeth, it can cause long-term complications if you do not seek treatment. Schedule an appointment with a member of our experienced dental team to get more information on dental bridge restorations and the different options to match your specific needs. MINT dentistry is proud to offer custom dental bridges that can help improve the appearance and health of your smile. Contact our state-of-the-art dental practice in McKinney, TX for more information and to schedule your appointment.