If you lose one or more teeth due to trauma or decay, dental bridges can restore your smile and lower the risk of potentially serious health problems like gum recession and bone loss. At Care Dental Spa, cosmetic and general dentist Quang Luong, DDS, uses dental bridges to transform smiles and encourage optimal oral health. To make an appointment at the practice in Temple, Texas, call the office or schedule online.
Dental bridges are oral prosthetics that replace one or several permanent teeth. They’re used to “bridge” a gap in your smile caused by trauma or decay.
Bridges look and function like your natural teeth. They attach to dental implants, crowns, or a metal framework, ensuring they don’t move around.
Dental bridges can:
Dental bridges can also improve your oral health. Replacing missing permanent teeth significantly reduces the risk of other complications, including gum recession and bone loss.
Getting a dental bridge takes two appointments about a week apart.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Luong conducts an oral exam and reviews your dental health history.
If you’re missing one or several teeth in a row, he moves forward with treatment by administering a local anesthetic and preparing your abutment teeth to receive a crown. To do that, he removes a thin layer of enamel from the tops and sides of the teeth on either side of the gap in your smile.
After preparing your teeth, Dr. Luong makes impressions of your mouth. He sends your impressions to a dental laboratory that uses them to design and manufacture a custom bridge.
When the laboratory completes your dental bridge, you return to the office. Dr. Luong administers a local anesthetic, lines the bridge up with your smile, and carefully secures it with crowns or a metal framework. Then, he polishes your teeth and provides care instructions.
Dental bridges last an average of between 12-15 years, but it’s possible to extend their lifespan by practicing good oral hygiene. Dr. Luong recommends brushing and flossing twice daily and visiting the office every six months for a comprehensive oral exam and professional teeth cleaning.
To protect your bridge from damage, wear a mouthguard when playing sports or participating in other physical activities. Dr. Luong also recommends avoiding bad habits like opening packaging with your teeth, biting your nails, or chewing on ice cubes.
To learn more about the benefits of dental bridges, make an appointment at Care Dental Spa by calling the office or scheduling online.