Dental Bridges Clear Lake TX

Decayed, chipped, and missing teeth; all of them ruin your smile. Dentures are one of your options to fix the problems, but many people don’t like the feel and problems eating certain foods. Fixed bridges present another option that many people prefer.

What are fixed bridges?

Fixed bridges are non-removable dental appliances that are great replacements for missing teeth. The dental bridge literally “bridges” the space that is left when a tooth or several teeth are missing. Typically, a dental bridge consists of one or more artificial teeth, also known as pontics, which are supported on each side by two dental crowns known as abutments. Commonly, replacement teeth are made of porcelain material that closely resembles natural teeth, although gold can also be used.


How much do fixed bridges cost?

Dental bridges are an affordable option for tooth replacement. Without knowing how many teeth the bridge needs to encompass, or the health of the abutment teeth, it’s impossible to give a blanket cost estimate. During your consultation, Dr. Peters will be able to get the necessary information to give you an idea of what a bridge would cost for your situation.
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Eating With A Bridge

Most bridges are fully anchored onto the abutment teeth. This means they will be stable and you can eat with confidence. This contrasts with full dentures, which can slip and preclude you from eating certain foods, such as corn on the cob. Bridges allow you to eat whatever you please without slipping. The only thing you will want to consider with a bridge is eating overly hard or sticky foods, such as peanut brittle. It is possible to break a bridge by biting onto something very hard, and really sticky foods can possibly pull a bridge loose. For the vast majority of foods, however, you can eat normally.

When are fixed bridges needed?

Dr. Peters usually recommends a fixed bridge to his patients for a variety of reasons. For one, a fixed bridge fills the gap left by missing teeth. This is critical because, if the gap is not filled, the adjacent teeth will tend to move into the vacated spaces causing your teeth to become misaligned. By filling the gap, the chances of losing bone mass in that area of the jawbone also decrease. A fixed bridge, by giving you an artificial tooth or teeth where there were none also enables you to once again eat normal foods and speak without issues such as whistling. For patients who have existing removable partials, they will benefit from a fixed bridge since they do not have to worry about removing and replacing their dental appliance.


The ideal candidate

There are really only two ways to replace a missing tooth or a few missing teeth — a dental bridge or a dental implant or implants. If a patient is missing multiple teeth, sometimes these bridges are called partial dentures, but they are one in the same. Bridges are usually less expensive than dental implants, but there is something to consider about that initial cost. Depending on your age, a bridge will likely need to be replaced after 15 or 20 years. Dental implants, in contrast, will usually last the remainder of the patient’s life. So, the cost could be similar, or even less, with implants in the long run. Dental bridges are an excellent option to replace missing teeth and give you back a complete smile.

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What can I expect during my fixed bridge appointment?

During your initial consultation, Dr. Peters will assess your condition and identify the treatment that suits you best. If he determines you need a fixed bridge, together you will choose the right type of bridge based on the location and size of your restoration as well as your personal preference. At that point, impressions will be made of your teeth and bite. Those will be sent off to the lab for fabrication of your custom-made bridge. While the permanent bridge is being created, Dr. Peters will place a temporary one that will serve as a placeholder. Crowns will be placed on the teeth on each side of your missing teeth. These will serve as the anchors for your bridge. Once the permanent bridge is done, you will return to our office to have it placed.


Is the procedure painful?

Getting a bridge with Dr. Peters doesn’t involve any pain. This is because there isn’t any gum work or removal of decay and the like. Basically, Dr. Peters will prepare the two abutment teeth for the crowns that will sit atop them and anchor the bridge. Preparing these teeth for their crowns involves shaving down the teeth on all sides and the top to make room for the crowns, but this isn’t a painful process. Then we take impressions for the creation of your bridge. When it is finished we cement it down.

How Long Do Bridges Last?

The lifespan of your bridge will likely be dictated by the health of the abutment teeth upon which the bridge is cemented. If you follow a diligent home oral hygiene regimen and see the team at Peters Dental Associates every six months for your professional cleanings and exams, you can expect your bridge to last up to 15 years, and maybe longer. Eating overly hard foods can break a bridge, so using some foresight when it comes to food choices can also help your bridge last as long as possible.

To see if dental bridges are right for you, contact Peters Dental Associates today at (281) 486-8061. We Proudly Serve Clear Lake, Webster, League City, Seabrook, And The Surrounding Areas. You can also read more about our other services on Peters Dental Associates’ blog!

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