Dental Bridges Can Restore Smiles with Multiple Missing Teeth
After tooth loss, the resulting gap in your smile can greatly detract from your appearance and diminish your oral function. To restore smiles that have lost multiple consecutive teeth, Dr. Jon Marc Van Slate offers traditional and implant-supported dental bridges at his Houston, TX, practice. A dental bridge is a custom restoration made of multiple artificial teeth that have been fused together. The type of bridge that is right for you will depend on your needs, goals, and budget. To schedule a consultation and learn more about dental bridges, contact our practice today.
Both traditional and implant-supported dental bridges are used to replace up to three consecutive teeth in a row. Traditional bridges are secured by dental crowns. If you will be receiving a traditional bridge, Dr. Van Slate will begin by reshaping the teeth on each side of the gap in your smile. This will ensure that your bridge has a secure fit and remains in proper alignment with surrounding teeth. Next, we will take detailed impressions of the reshaped teeth. The images will be sent to an advanced dental laboratory, where technicians will use them to craft your bridge. Most patients choose to have their bridges made of dental-grade porcelain, which mimics the look and sheen of natural enamel. However, we can provide bridges in a range of materials.