Dental Bridges in Belton, TX

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How Do Dental Bridges Work?

Tooth loss can impact your life in many ways, from your ability to eat and speak to feeling confident when you smile. Losing even a single tooth can cause changes in how your top and bottom teeth fit together, especially if surrounding teeth begin to shift into these open spaces. As time goes, these changes can lead to tension in your jaw and several other dental concerns. At ACE Dental of Belton, our talented general dentists offer tooth replacement with custom dental bridges. These restorations bridge a gap caused by missing teeth by attaching to adjacent teeth or dental implants placed within the jaw. Replacing missing teeth is very important to your oral health and well-being. Please get in touch with our Belton, TX practice today to learn how a custom-created bridge might return function and a natural appearance to your smile.

Is a Bridge Right for Your Smile?

Dental bridges are common prosthodontic solutions typically composed of several dental crowns molded together into a single restoration. Each end unit of the bridge (abutments) are made to fit over the teeth on either side of the gap, while the center unit (pontic) fills the space, acting as a false tooth. For some patients, a dental bridge may be supported by dental implants placed within the jawbone. If you have lost one or more teeth in a portion of your mouth, you may be a good candidate for a dental bridge. However, the support teeth should not be affected by gum disease and must be surrounded by healthy jawbone tissue. Our ACE Dental of Belton team can help you explore your tooth replacement options and determine whether a bridge is right for you.

What Is the Treatment Process?

A dental bridge is generally placed over the course of two dental visits. If dental visits make you anxious, we can sedate you for this procedure to help you feel more at ease. To begin the procedure, we'll administer a local anesthetic to the treatment area and remove a portion of the enamel from the designated support teeth. This will ensure that your bridge fits comfortably within your mouth. We'll take a digital iTero impression of your prepared teeth (or previously placed dental implants) and send it to a lab that will custom-create your bridge. We may place a temporary restoration for you to wear until your custom bridge arrives in our office. You'll return for a second visit 1 – 2 weeks later when we have your permanent bridge so that we can attach it to your dental implants or bond it securely to your teeth.

Caring for Your Tooth Replacement

If needed, we can make adjustments to your bridge to ensure it feels comfortable. Your new bridge should provide the improved function of your teeth and appearance of your smile. We will offer tips on how to brush and floss around your bridge. Taking good care of your restoration is very important because cavities can still develop in the teeth supporting your bridge. Our ACE Dental of Belton team encourages you to attend routine dental visits to maintain your bridge and overall oral health. We will monitor your teeth and custom restoration for issues, but a dental bridge can serve your tooth replacement needs for several years when cared for properly.

Are Bridges Covered by Insurance?

Insurance coverage for tooth replacements with dental bridges may be partially covered by some dental plans. Our insurance specialist will review your policy and inform you of your out-of-pocket costs. At ACE of Dental of Belton, we want all patients to have access to the quality care they need to remain healthy. Our practice is pleased to accept an array of affordable payment options and can even assist you in applying for low-interest medical financing.

Overcome Tooth Loss With a Dental Bridge

The impact of tooth loss can extend far beyond the look of your smile. Missing even a single tooth can lead to long-term issues for your oral wellness unless the tooth is replaced. ACE Dental of Belton is proud to offer high-quality custom bridges to bring a natural appearance and confidence back to your grin. Schedule an appointment at our Belton, TX office today to learn how a dental bridge or other option from our skilled dentists can help you overcome tooth loss.

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