Dental Bridges in Dallas, TX

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About Dental Bridges

When one or more of your teeth have fallen out, it's not just a cosmetic issue — gaps in your teeth can cause your remaining teeth to move out of position. This may result in extra tension in your bite, pain when you chew, or even trouble speaking. A bridge restores the health and appearance of your smile by filling in gaps with a false tooth that is supported by either your natural teeth, dental implants, or both. At Hamlett & La Mastra, DDS in Dallas, TX, we offer custom-made bridges with high-quality materials that will help restore your smile. If you have gaps in your smile, please schedule an appointment at our dental clinic to learn more about your restoration options with a dental bridge.

What Are The Benefits of Porcelain Bridges?

Porcelain dental bridges custom-made and installed are an ideal way to fill in gaps that result from missing or removed teeth. Bridges give patients a beautiful smile that can leave them feeling confident. Further benefits of porcelain bridges at our Dallas, TX office include:

  • Gives a smile a natural appearance
  • Prevents bone loss in the mouth
  • Keeps nearby teeth from shifting
  • Helps to fix eating and speaking issues resulting from missing teeth
  • Porcelain is very durable
  • Comfortability compared to traditional metal bridges
  • Bridges are specifically designed for your teeth

The Easiest Way to Get Rid of Gaps

When you have a gap in your smile due to one or more missing teeth, a porcelain bridge is a solution that can give you back your flawless smile. Porcelain bridges literally "bridge the gap" in your smile, restoring your oral health and appearance at the same time. At our dental office, Dr. Hamlett and Dr. La Mastra use their artistic touch and the highest quality materials to create bridges that both look great and are built to stand the test of time.

Who is a candidate for dental bridges?

A comprehensive assessment is the best way to determine if you are a candidate for dental bridges. However, most individuals with one or more missing teeth are usually eligible for bridges. Patients with underlying issues like tooth decay or gum disease may need to have these treated before moving forward with other kinds of dental treatment. Our experienced professionals will work with you to discuss options and help you make the best decision for your smile.

How Dental Bridges Work

A porcelain bridge utilizes the teeth on both sides of the gap as its support structure. Dr. Hamlett and Dr. La Mastra will prepare porcelain crowns for the teeth on each side of the gap. Then, a lifelike, prosthetic tooth will be positioned between those crowns and held in place on your gum line. The bridge looks natural and can prevent future problems with the look and function of your teeth.

A porcelain crown is a fixture that caps teeth and is bonded to the healthy teeth to attach the bridge. Before the crowns are placed, Dr. Hamlett and Dr. La Mastra will have to prepare the teeth for the crowns to be received.

Why Replace Missing Teeth with Dental Bridges?

Sometimes gum disease, injury, decay, or simply wear results in the loss of a tooth. A large gap in your smile can create significant problems for your dental health if it isn't corrected. Over time your bite pressure may shift to other parts of your mouth to compensate for an inability to chew efficiently in the area of the missing tooth. Neighboring teeth may begin to shift and move into the gap, resulting in discomfort, pain, and more problems down the road.

Caring for Your Dental Bridge

All restorations including a dental bridge should be cared for as if they were your natural teeth. Brushing twice a day, flossing, and regular dental checkups will ensure that the life of your restoration will last as long as possible. Practicing good oral hygiene allows you to prevent the onset of plaque build-up and is the best way to avoid gum disease.

Don't let a gap in your teeth ruin your smile and cause discomfort. Ask Dr. Hamlett or Dr. La Mastra which solution is right for you. Patients looking for more permanent restorations should also consult Drs. Hamlett and La Mastra about dental implants, a safe and effective tooth loss solution.

Dental Bridges FAQ

How many teeth can be on a bridge?

A dental bridge replacing 1 - 2 teeth is more common, but Dr. Hamlett and Dr. La Mastra can replace up to four teeth depending on your needs.

How long does a dental bridge last?

With good oral hygiene and regular visits to Hamlett & La Mastra, DDS, you can expect your dental bridge to last between 5 - 15 years or longer. As we age and our teeth change, it can affect the teeth that your bridge is anchored to, possibly requiring an adjustment.

Do dental bridges fall out?

Dental bridges are secured by bonding them to your natural teeth. While this means they are securely fixed in your mouth, preventing them from falling out, a change in your teeth, damage to the bridge or an impact to the area can cause a dental bridge to become loose or fall out. But in general, you don’t have to worry about a dental bridge falling out. If your bridge becomes loose or falls out, Dr. Hamlett or Dr. La Mastra can repair your bridge and reaffix it in your mouth.

Can you bridge front teeth?

Yes, you can have a dental bridge made for your front teeth. Since your front teeth typically aren’t put under the same pressure as your back teeth (molars), you have more options, including traditional bridges, cantilever bridges, or a Maryland bonded bridge.

The Bridge To A Better Smile

Even if you don't mind how your smile looks with a gap, it may lead to long-term issues if you don't seek treatment. Make an appointment with Hamlett & La Mastra, DDS, to learn more about dental bridge restorations and the options that match your specific needs. Drs. Hamlett and La Mastra are pleased to offer custom dental bridges that can help improve the health and appearance of your smile. Contact our office in Dallas, TX to make your appointment.

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