Dental bridges are an option for replacing one or more missing teeth. The only way to know if this tooth replacement system may be right for you is to visit Dr. Ronald Konig for a one-on-one consultation at our Houston office.
Dr. Konig is extensively experienced in reconstructing the teeth and the entire bite. He can determine all of the treatments for which you are a good candidate and ultimately help you choose the right one for your expectations. To schedule your consultation, please call (713) 668-2289.
Restoring Missing Teeth with a Dental Bridge
What Is a Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges are used in combination with dental crowns to replace missing teeth. Basically, a dental bridge is a set of connected tooth crowns. The bridge includes a false tooth, which actually replaces the missing tooth, and the surrounding dental crowns support the false tooth. The surrounding crowns are placed over your natural teeth, lending stability and durability to the tooth bridge.
For people who are good candidates, dental bridges typically have the following advantages:
- Fixed bridges are anchored in place and non-removable
- Provide good stability when you eat, speak and laugh
- Blend naturally into your smile
Replacing missing teeth is important for several reasons. Restoring your smile can make you feel more confident, when you would otherwise hide the gaps in your smile by placing your hand over your mouth or stifling your laughter. Feeling good about the appearance of your smile can be tremendously important to your mental and emotional health. Replacing missing teeth is also crucial to the proper alignment of your bite and the function of your teeth. A gap left behind by a missing tooth encourages other teeth to drift and tilt into the empty space. Proper bite alignment is also beneficial to the position and function of your jaw joints. A dental bridge may be the right way to avoid cosmetic and functional problems.
Placing Your Dental Bridge
To begin the dental bridge process, Dr. Konig will take impressions of your teeth so that a custom bridge can be designed and fabricated. The surrounding teeth will be slightly reduced so that the dental crowns will fit over them. You will be provided with a temporary restoration while your dental bridge is being made.
Once the bridge is ready, you will come back to our office to have it permanently bonded to your teeth. Dr. Konig does so using a special dental cement.
Dental bridges can be a good option for certain candidates, especially if dental implants are not an option or not desirable to you. Dental bridges look like natural teeth, and they can last as long as 7 years, or possibly longer, before they may need to be replaced.
If you are searching for an experienced dentist in Houston to determine if a dental bridge is a good option for you, please call the practice of Ronald W. Konig, DDS, at (713) 668-2289. Dr. Konig serves people from across Texas, including Katy, Sugar Land and The Woodlands.