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Dental Bridges in Pflugerville, TX

What are Dental Bridges

At Pecan St. Dental in Pflugerville, TX, we offer dental bridges as a reliable solution for replacing missing teeth. Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. They consist of prosthetic teeth, known as pontics, which are held in place by anchoring teeth on either side. Dr. Prab, our experienced dentist, specializes in restorative dentistry and can provide you with a new permanent bridge that will restore the function of your smile and enhance your oral health.

Types of Bridges

At Pecan St. Dental in Pflugerville, TX, we offer different types of bridges to cater to the unique needs of our patients. Dr. Prab, our experienced dentist, will assess your oral health and recommend the most suitable type of bridge for you. Here are the common types of bridges available:

  1. Traditional Dental Bridges: This is the most common type of bridge and involves creating a pontic (artificial tooth) held in place by dental crowns on the abutment teeth on either side of the gap. The dental crowns are designed to fit over the natural teeth, providing stability and support for the bridge.

  2. Implant-Supported Bridges: In cases where multiple consecutive teeth are missing, implant-supported bridges offer an excellent solution. Dental implants are surgically placed in the jawbone to serve as anchors for the bridge. This type of bridge provides exceptional stability, mimicking the function and appearance of natural teeth.

  3. Cantilever Bridges: Cantilever bridges are used when there is only one natural tooth adjacent to the gap. The pontic is supported by a dental crown placed on the existing tooth, effectively “bridging” the gap on one side.

  4. Maryland Bridges: Also known as resin-bonded bridges, Maryland bridges are a conservative option for replacing missing front teeth. The pontic is held in place by a metal or porcelain framework bonded to the back of the adjacent teeth, eliminating the need for dental crowns.

During your consultation at Pecan St. Dental, Dr. Prab will thoroughly evaluate your oral health, discuss your goals, and recommend the most appropriate type of bridge for your specific situation. We prioritize providing personalized treatment plans and high-quality dental care to ensure optimal results and patient satisfaction.

Benefits of Dental Bridges for Missing Teeth

  • Restoring Missing Teeth: Dental bridges are an excellent option for replacing missing teeth. By filling in the gaps in your smile, they not only improve your appearance but also help maintain the alignment of your remaining teeth.

  • Enhanced Chewing Functionality: With dental bridges, you can once again enjoy the ability to bite and chew your favorite foods without any difficulty. They help distribute the forces evenly across your dental arch, making eating a more comfortable experience.

  • Improved Speech: Missing teeth can affect your speech, causing certain sounds to be distorted. Dental bridges restore the structure of your mouth, allowing you to speak clearly and confidently.

  • Preventing Shifting of Teeth: When a tooth is lost, the adjacent teeth may start to shift or rotate, leading to bite problems and potential jaw joint issues. Dental bridges help maintain the position of your remaining teeth, preventing unwanted shifting.

The Dental Bridge Procedure

The dental bridge procedure typically involves multiple visits to our office in Pflugerville, TX, to ensure a proper fit and long-lasting results. Here’s an overview of the process:

  1. Initial Consultation: During your first visit, Dr. Prab will evaluate your oral health and determine if dental bridges are the right solution for you. X-rays and impressions may be taken to aid in the treatment planning process.

  2. Tooth Preparation: If dental crowns are required to serve as abutment teeth for the bridge, the teeth on either side of the gap will be prepared by removing a small portion of the enamel. This step ensures a secure fit for the dental bridge.

  3. Impression and Temporary Bridge: Impressions of your prepared teeth and the gap will be taken to create a temporary bridge, which will be placed to protect the exposed teeth and gums while the new bridge is being made at our dental laboratory.

  4. Permanent Bridge Placement: Once the new permanent bridge is fabricated, you will return for your second visit. Dr. Prab will remove the temporary bridge, check the fit and appearance of the permanent bridge, and make any necessary adjustments. When the perfect fit is achieved, the bridge will be cemented in place, restoring your smile and function.

Care and Maintenance of Dental Bridges

Proper care and maintenance of your dental bridges are crucial for their longevity and your oral health. Here are some care instructions to follow:

  • Maintain Good Oral Hygiene: Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily to keep your dental bridges and natural teeth clean. Good oral hygiene practices help prevent plaque buildup and maintain healthy gums.

  • Attend Regular Dental Checkups: Visit Pecan St. Dental in Pflugerville, TX, for routine checkups and cleanings. During these appointments, Dr. Prab will examine your dental bridges, assess your oral health, and address any concerns.

  • Avoid Chewing on Hard or Sticky Foods: While dental bridges are designed to withstand normal biting and chewing forces, it’s best to avoid overly hard or sticky foods that may cause damage or dislodgment of the bridge.

Contact Us Today

If you have missing teeth and would like to learn more about dental bridges, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Prab at Pecan St. Dental in Pflugerville, TX. Our friendly team is dedicated to providing personalized and attentive care to help you achieve a beautiful and functional smile. Contact us today to book your appointment during our convenient office hours.

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Monday–Thursday: 7 am – 6 pm
Friday, Saturday & Sunday: closed

16051 Dessau Rd Unit B, Pflugerville, TX 78660

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