Dental Bridges

Smiles Family Dental

Cosmetic Dentists & Family Dentists located in Arlington, Irving, & Flower Mound, TX

Missing teeth can hurt more than just your confidence, they can also negatively impact the health of your smile. A dental bridge is a safe and effective way to fill in the missing holes in your smile, and offer a more permanent alternative to traditional dentures. The team of skilled dentists at Smiles Family Dental provides patients with high-quality dental bridges that can be designed and placed, all within one office visit using CEREC® technology. With three offices conveniently located in Arlington, Irving, and Flower Mound, Texas, Smiles Family Dental is a trusted resource for same-day bridges and a wealth of other dental services. To learn more, schedule an appointment today by calling the office or using the convenient online booking tool.

Dental Bridges Q & A

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is an artificial tooth structure that fills in the spaces between your natural teeth where you might be missing teeth, effectively “bridging” the gap between them.

A dental bridge is made up of an artificial tooth, called a “pontic,” that’s attached to one or more dental crowns. The crowns are affixed to the root structure (either your natural tooth root or a dental implant) on either side of the missing tooth or teeth.

Why do I need a dental bridge?

By filling in any teeth that you might be missing, a dental bridge addresses a number of aesthetic concerns to help you smile with confidence again. But dental bridges do more than just make your smile look better; they also help it to function better, too.

By bridging the gaps in your smile, dental bridges can help improve your oral health and functioning by:

  • Improving your ability to chew normally
  • Improving your ability to speak properly
  • Protecting your surrounding healthy teeth
  • Retaining your alignment and bite by preventing your natural teeth from rotating and shifting into the spaces left by your missing teeth
  • Maintaining the shape of your face, jaw, and cheeks by preventing your facial muscles from sinking into the spaces left by your missing teeth

Ultimately, your mouth was designed to work with all of its teeth in it. A dental bridge restores your missing teeth so that your mouth can operate like it was supposed to.

What’s the process for getting a dental bridge?

Traditional dental bridges require two or more appointments with your dentist, but the skilled team at Smiles Family Dental use CEREC same-day bridges to design, mill, and install your bridge all in one easy office visit.

When you come into Smiles Family Dental for your CEREC same-day bridge, your dentist first numbs your gums and the surrounding tissue with a local anesthetic and prepares your abutment teeth by shaving off some of their enamel. Next, they take pictures of the inside of your mouth with an intraoral camera, which is a small device about the size of a ballpoint pen. Those pictures will be used by a computer to custom-design your bridge so that it fits perfectly in your mouth, feels natural in your bite, and looks just like the rest of your teeth.

The bridge is actually constructed in the office during your appointment with a computer-assisted milling machine that carves the design from a ceramic block. Once the bridge is “printed,” your dentist will seal it in your mouth, and you’ll be done! No more waiting around for weeks with a temporary bridge while a remote lab constructs your final prosthesis.

To begin the process of restoring your smile with same-day dental bridges, make an appointment today with the team at Smiles Family Dental by calling the office or using the convenient online booking tool.