How Do Fixed Bridges Work?

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When you have one or more missing teeth in a row, you may not want the embarrassment of a gap. Additionally, you may be upset because it makes it difficult for you to chew and talk. Fortunately, you have the option of a dental bridge. At Helotes Family Dentistry, we offer several types of smile restoration options, including dental bridges. Here’s some information about fixed bridges.

General Information About Fixed Bridges

A bridge is just what its name says – a bridge. Only instead of closing the gap between riverbanks, this type fills in gaps between your teeth. A pontic is an artificial tooth that is attached to a bridge. A fixed bridge is one that uses your natural teeth to hold your pontic in place. Your bridge could also be held in place with dental implants if you don’t have enough sturdy teeth. With a fixed bridge, you can’t remove it.

How a Fixed Bridge Is Placed

The first step is a consultation with Dr. Brigman or Dr. Bejar. This meeting is to identify if a bridge is right for you. At this point, you may need to have a computed tomography (CT) scan. At your following appointment, our dentist will make an impression of your teeth. This allows our lab to create a customized bridge designed especially for your particular smile. When the bridge is completed, our team will adjust the fit and cement it into place.

Custom Bridges in Helotes, TX

A dental bridge is meant to be as close a replacement as possible for your natural teeth. You’ll not only have a full smile, you’ll also be able to eat and speak normally. You even take care of them just like your own teeth. This means you need to brush and floss in between them regularly and visit the dentist routinely. Schedule an appointment with Helotes Family Dentistry, serving Helotes, TX, and the general vicinity, for a consultation for a dental bridge by calling 210-372-9454.

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