When one or more of your teeth are missing, it's more than just a cosmetic issue — missing teeth can cause 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 restores the appearance and health of your mouth by covering spaces with a false tooth supported by either your natural teeth, dental implants, or a combination of both. At Stone Lake Dental in Wichita Falls, TX, our highly skilled dentists offer dental bridges with top-quality materials that will help to restore your beautiful smile. If you have gaps in your smile, please schedule a consultation at our facility to learn more about your restoration options with dental bridges.
People with missing teeth don't merely have a cosmetic issue — gaps between the teeth can have a powerful impact on your oral health. The fact is: your mouth is carefully balanced and a missing tooth can affect its function. Over time, a missing tooth can lead to teeth shifting, creating bite problems (underbite, overbite, crossbite) and atrophy of the gums and jawbone. A dental bridge requires the surrounding teeth to be strong enough to support the restoration, including sufficient jawbone density and gums. Our dentists will assess your mouth during your exam and consultation to help you decide the best bridge type (traditional, cantilever, Maryland bonded, or resin bonded) and material. Our practice offers e.max, zirconia, and Lava dental bridges, depending on the individual needs of the patient.
What To Expect
It typically requires only two visits to our practice to complete the dental bridge. After your teeth are prepped and filed down, digital x-rays and impressions of your teeth will be taken so your custom bridge can be created. If needed, a temporary bridge or restoration can be placed while your custom one is being made. Once your bridge is ready, the needed areas of your mouth will be numbed with local anesthesia. Other anesthesia or sedation options may be used if you have any dental anxieties or a strong gag reflex so you will be comfortable during the procedure. The dental bridge is anchored in place through the use of two dental crowns, which are custom made to fit your smile and are placed on the teeth or dental implants next to the space left by the missing tooth. The fit of the bridge will be adjusted so it feels right in your mouth and remains in place.
You should notice an improvement in the appearance and function of your teeth. You may need a second visit at Stone Lake Dental to adjust the fit of your bridge if it feels uncomfortable in the first few weeks after placement. A member of our dental team will show you how to maintain your bridge, including the best way to clean it and any foods to avoid. It is crucial to keep your bridge and mouth clean since cavities can still develop underneath the restoration. With proper care, your bridge can last for many years. You should continue to schedule appointments at Stone Lake Dental for your annual dental exams and bi-annual dental cleanings. During your exams, the health and wear of your bridge will be evaluated to determine if it needs to be repaired or replaced.
Dental restorations, like bridges, are typically covered, at least in part, by dental insurance. One of our team members will work with your insurance company to calculate your coverage and out-of-pocket costs. Stone Lake Dental accepts many forms of payment, including medical financing, that can be discussed during your consultation at our facility. We will also help you select the best bridge type and material to fit both your needs and budget.
Dental Bridge Restorations
Even if you don't mind how you look with a missing tooth, it can lead to long-term problems if you don't seek treatment. Schedule a consultation at our facility to learn more about dental bridge restorations and the different options to fit your specific needs. Stone Lake Dental is proud to offer high-quality dental restorations that can help improve the appearance and health of your smile. Contact our office in Wichita Falls, TX to schedule your appointment.