Do you have a series of missing teeth? If so, you may be looking for the best restorative dentistry procedures to replace the missing teeth. Porcelain bridges are some of the best tooth replacement options for those who have lost a series of missing teeth.

At Sapphire Smiles, we examine your teeth, discuss your expectations, and recommend the ideal restorative dentistry procedures for your specific needs. Please continue reading for more information on porcelain bridge dental work.

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Introduction to Bridge Dental Work

Dental bridges are used to close (bridge) the gap if you have several missing teeth in a single spot in your mouth. The dental bridge consists of the false tooth or teeth (pontic) held in place by the abutment teeth surrounding the gap. The artificial teeth, pontics, can be made of several materials, including gold, but we prefer porcelain dental bridges because they look like natural teeth.

Types of Dental Bridges

  • Traditional Dental Bridge: Traditional dental bridges consist of the pontic (fake teeth) being held in place by dental crowns attached over the abutment teeth (surrounding teeth).
  • Cantilever Dental Bridge: Cantilever dental bridges consist of the pontic being held in place by only one dental crown on one of the abutment teeth.
  • Maryland Dental Bridge: Maryland dental bridges consist of the pontic being held in place by a metallic or porcelain framework bonded to the backs of the abutment teeth.
  • Dental Implant-Supported Bridge: Dental implant-supported bridges consist of either all the fake teeth supported over dental implants attached to the jawbone of the missing teeth or the pontic being held in place by an implant-supported crown on either side.
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Dental Bridge Procedure Cost

The cost of the entire dental bridge procedure depends on several factors, including the number of fake teeth used, the complexity of attachments, type of dental bridge used, location of the dental bridge, and whether additional treatments were necessary to prepare for dental bridges.

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Benefits of Porcelain Bridges

  • They restore your smile.
  • They allow you to chew and speak properly.
  • They prevent your surrounding teeth from drifting away, maintaining facial structure.
  • They ensure proper distribution of bite force, protecting the surrounding teeth from dental fractures.
  • They look just like actual teeth because porcelain has the same color and texture as enamel. Porcelain also reflects light the same as enamel, making it indistinguishable from your actual teeth.
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Complete Dental Bridge Procedure

First Visit: Preparation and Temporary Tooth Bridge Procedure

During the first visit, the dentist will examine your teeth and determine if you’re suitable for dental bridge work. If so, the dentist will discuss the various types of dental bridges, explaining their advantages and disadvantages, cost, and other considerations.

Next, the dentist will prepare your teeth to receive the dental bridges. The dentist may remove some of the enamel from the abutment teeth to prepare them for the crowns. The dentist will also take impressions of your teeth based on which they’ll prepare the dental crowns and bridges. Finally, the dentist will give you a temporary tooth bridge to wear while the permanent dental bridges are prepared.


Second Visit: Permanent Dental Bridge Procedure

The dentist will remove the temporary tooth bridge and insert the new porcelain bridges in place. The dentist will adjust and move the permanent dental bridge to ensure they fit perfectly. Once the dental bridge is in place, the dentist may make some final adjustments. The dentist may ask you to return for some follow-up sessions to ensure the dental bridge is fitted well.

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Porcelain Bridges Q&As

How long does a dental bridge last?

Dental bridges may last between 5 to 15 years, depending on how well to manage and maintain them.

How do you clean under a dental bridge?

Use a spongy floss to clean under a dental bridge. Move the spongy floss between the gum and base of the dental bridge using a gentle sawing motion. Then, wrap it around the real tooth to slide it up, removing all the plaque along the way.

Can a dental bridge be done in one day?

No. The complete dental bridge procedure necessitates at least two visits, separated by several weeks. On the first dental visit, the dentist will take impressions of your teeth and prepare them. The second dental visit will be scheduled a few weeks later. Once you receive the prepared dental bridges, the dentist will attach the permanent dental bridge.

What is a cantilever bridge in dentistry?

Cantilever bridges are those in which the pontics are supported by only one dental crown. This is usually done in the back of the teeth, so you only have abutment teeth on one side of the missing teeth.

Does a dental bridge feel natural?

Permanent porcelain dental bridges look and feel like natural teeth because they’re firmly held in place, and porcelain has the same texture and appearance as enamel.

How many teeth can be in a bridge?

Dental bridges usually replace 2 to 4 teeth, but they can also be used to replace more, as long as there are enough abutment teeth for the dental crowns.

Can dental bridges be repaired?

Yes, dental bridges can be repaired. Minor damages to the dental bridge can be repaired with dental bonding, i.e., a composite resin material is attached to the bridge. However, major dental bridge damages need to be repaired in a dental lab.

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Contact Sapphire Smiles for Porcelain Bridges in Houston Heights

At Sapphire Smiles, our dentist carefully examines your teeth and discusses your expectations and budget to recommend the best types of dental bridges or restorative dentistry procedures for your specific needs. For more information, please schedule an appointment for porcelain bridges at Sapphire Smiles, Houston Heights.