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A Dental Bridge – What Is It, What Problem Does It Solve and How Is It Installed?

A dental bridge is one way to replace missing teeth. When a tooth is lost, it is possible to have replacements put in, and it does not have to be in the form of a denture.

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is one way to replace missing teeth. When a tooth is lost, it is possible to have replacements put in, and it does not have to be in the form of a removable denture. Dentures or partial dentures are removable appliances and may be uncomfortable to wear. A dental bridge, on the other hand, is permanently cemented and therefore will feel more natural than a removable partial denture. Because they are made of porcelain or metal, they are very durable and rigid.

Once a dental bridge is cemented, it will not have to be replaced for many years. The main issue is hygiene, or lack thereof. If hygiene is not ideal then tooth decay can develop around the margins where the tooth meets the porcelain. In this case, the old bridge will have to be removed and replaced with a new bridge. There is another type of bridge known as a Maryland bridge and is commonly used on anterior teeth that have pristine abutment teeth. The downside is that they are not as secure and will not last as long as a conventional bridge, which is why it’s rarely used.

Why do we need a dental bridge?

Losing a tooth can be troublesome, especially if it’s towards the front of the mouth where everyone can see it. Seeing a gap or a missing tooth is not very pleasing to look at when a person smiles. Losing a back tooth is not ideal either, but when it comes to someone’s smile, then losing a front tooth is more important. A dental bridge is a good way to replace a missing tooth, front of back, in a quick and esthetic manner.

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Who will need a dental bridge?

There are several reasons why someone would need a bridge. It could be that someone is getting old and is starting to lose teeth as part of the aging process. It could be someone of any age has neglected their teeth and is now losing them as a result of bacteria and infection requiring them to be removed. It could be someone who has been in an accident and suffered trauma to the mouth and this has resulted in the loss of at least one tooth.

A dental bridge is just one of a few options someone has to replace a missing tooth. It is a great way to restore missing teeth because it is made of porcelain and therefore it will look natural and blend with the rest of the adjacent teeth. It’s also a great option for those who want to have a fixed and permanent restoration. A dental bridge is permanently cemented and thus it will feel like it’s part of your natural dentition.

Treatment with a dental bridge – How is it done?

A dental bridge typically requires two visits to the dentist. During the first appointment, the abutment teeth (the anchor teeth) are prepped to be the abutment crowns that will hold the porcelain missing tooth. These anchor teeth that will be used to support the bridge are going to have to be made smaller, so that they will not be built up too much once the bridge is in place.

It may seem harsh to do this to what is otherwise a good and sturdy tooth, but without the reductions, the bridge would not sit comfortably in the mouth. The final session is when the dental porcelain bridge or dental crown is cemented. The temporary bridge will be removed. The porcelain bridge will be fitted and adjustments will be made as necessary to get a good fit. A strong dental adhesive cement will hold it in place  Another option of having a dental implant is possible as well to replace a missing space or broken tooth.

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What are the results of this?

A dental bridge will replace missing teeth and therefore will close any unwanted and unesthetic gaps. Eating will become easier and smiling will be possible again! Dental bridges not only help bring back your smile, but it also removes additional pressure from other teeth because it balances out the bite.

Types of Dental Bridges

There are a total of three different types of dental bridges out there.

  • Traditional Dental Bridges: These are bridges in which a crown is made for the tooth or an implant is made for either side of the missing tooth. These are extremely common and generally made of porcelain-metal or porcelain-ceramic materials.
  • Cantilever Dental Bridges: Do you have adjacent teeth on only one corner of your missing teeth? In that case, cantilever dental bridge may be a suitable option. However, this type of dental bridge is no longer favored — especially for the back teeth — because it can place undue stress on the surrounding teeth.
  • Maryland Bonded Dental Bridges: These are also known as Maryland Bridges or Resin-Bonded Bridges and they’re made of either porcelain, plastic, or porcelain-metal. The plastic dental bridges also come with a porcelain or metallic framework to support the gums.

 

Cost of Dental Bridges

The cost of dental bridges vary vastly based on where you’re getting them done and the region within the country. Dental bridges aren’t considered to be serious medical issues so your insurance probably won’t pay for all of it. However, depending on individual dental plans, your insurance may cover a part of the cost.

 

Duration of Dental Bridges

You may be concerned about how long a dental bridge will last. After all, it won’t do you any good if you have to replace the bridges every other year. However, you’re in luck, because dental bridges have an extremely long lifespan of around 15 years or more. If you maintain your oral hygiene and go for regular dental checkups, your dental bridge will definitely last more than 10 years.

 

Do Dental Bridges Make it Difficult to Eat?

It’s a common misconception that dental bridges make it difficult or uncomfortable to eat. In fact, dental bridges make it easier to eat because they replace crucial missing teeth. You should, however, eat only soft food for a few days until you’re perfectly accustomed to the dental bridges. But once you’re used to them, they’re just like regular teeth.

 

Can I Speak Properly with Dental Bridges?

Missing teeth can cause slurring of speech or other speech impediments. So getting dental bridges to seal the gap can actually improve your speech and help you with clear diction.

 

Basically, dental bridges are just like real teeth for all intents and purposes. You can schedule an appointment at URBN Dental for a preliminary consultation about dental bridges.

Nijah Watson
Nijah Watson
21:52 31 May 19
Best dentist office visit ever! Not only are the staff charismatic, they are very knowledgeable too. They took the time to go over my X-rays with me and made sure I understood what everything was, down to the payment options. They did not rush my exam at all. There was no wait time from the moment I walked in the door to the moment my exam was completed. The office itself lives up to its name with the urban decor. It is also very clean. I would recommend anyone to come here if you're looking for competent, patient, and kind dentist and staff!
Eduardo Mora
Eduardo Mora
19:53 22 May 19
I went in today and they really made me feel comfortable. The staff was extremely friendly and you can tell they make customer service a priority. They made sure the music playing was to my liking and made sure I was comfortable in my chair. The dentist was very knowledgeable and explained the whole process to me in a way that I can understand. I don't like going to the dentist, I don't know anyone that does, but I am glad I went to URBN Dental and wold recommend it to anyone looking for a dentist.
Hilary Rochelle
Hilary Rochelle
20:52 08 May 19
I’m so impressed with Urban Dental. Went having sever pain. New patient! The staff and dentist were amazing . So warm and caring. I will continue coming here for all dental needs. Completely satisfied in every way .
Ryan Zhen
Ryan Zhen
22:28 07 May 19
Just a few days after a visit with Dr. Bridget and I already feel the positive effects on my dental hygiene. She gave helpful and practical tips to brushing and flossing to make my routine more enjoyable. Everyone at URBN Dental Uptown was attentive and courteous to my needs from handling the insurance/financials to ensuring a pain/mess-free cleaning and filling. Looking forward to returning with improved dental health!
Lemond Deleo
Lemond Deleo
20:08 29 Apr 19
The staff here is extremely friendly and professional. From the very beginning, the staff greeted me with kindness and respect. My paperwork was filled out within 15 minutes and afterwards, the dentist called me back almost immediately.So the wait time for my first appointment was basically non-existent. I’m not sure if it’s normally like this or if it’s just a coincidence. Regardless, it was very nice to see the staff and dentists in perfect sync with servicing the customers as quickly and efficiently as possible.My first appointment here was primarily because I had a painful sensation on the bottom right of my tooth. It turned out to be a cavity as I expected. The dentist explained the procedure for a filling and I agreed to go through with it on my next appointment. Thank you for an honest experience that resulted in me learning what the problem with my tooth was.
Jennifer Bell
Jennifer Bell
19:59 29 Apr 19
Very satisfied with my recent experience at this dentist. As a first time customer, I walked in with low expectations, since I find this mentality to be effective for softening the blow if it turns out to be a disappointing service.Well, it turned out to be above average service from the staff at the front desk and the dentists themselves. They are all very professional and the dentists working here are patient when it comes to answering questions. I felt fully fulfilled after leaving the dental office. I’ll definireky be back.
Julia Bleck
Julia Bleck
14:21 05 Apr 19
I've never been to a more thorough and comprehensive dental appointment as the one at URBN Dental! They went over all of the photos and x-rays with me in detail to help explain all of the issues I had, and it's the first time I fully feel like I understand why I need to floss more consistently. They taught me how to properly floss and brush, and I even got a new electric toothbrush with my appointment. Would definitely recommend.
Rachel Richardson
Rachel Richardson
17:30 26 Mar 19
I was immediately greeted by friendly faces when i came in! Online scheduling and patient paperwork made it so easy to get an appointment with no waiting to go back to the room. Every person of staff from front desk, hygienist to dentist introduced themselves to me and took the time to explain everything they were doing. I’ve never had a dentist actually sit down and explain the biology behind flossing, bone health, nerve health etc. it was great to feel like I was being taken care of by true professionals. They were also very explanatory of exactly what my insurance covered and the cost breakout of all of my services. I would recommend this office to any of my friends and family.
Margarita Muro
Margarita Muro
01:28 21 Feb 19
The URBN Dental office is very beautiful! It is modern with natural wood and emerald green elements. I went in for my regular cleaning and exam after looking up 5+ dental offices in the area. I recently moved to uptown and am extremely happy to have found URBN Dental. The Hygienist, Angela, did not only give my advice in regards to my dental hygiene techniques, she educated me which made me more eager to go home and carry out my new routine. Dr. Bridget was very kind, answered all my questions, and gave me a great referral for my wisdom teeth extractions. I will be returning for all of my preventative and general dental needs!
Trisha Hinojosa
Trisha Hinojosa
18:30 07 Oct 18
Very friendly staff who put up with my inane sense of humor. The entire team team spoke with me 1:1, including:Dental assistants, hygienist, dentist, and insurance admin (explained everything to me in detail including how my insurance works).They explained my x-rays to me, the effects of flossing correctly / incorrectly. I feel like they gave me the education I didn't get as a child on how to care for my mouth, and why it's important. I was doing good stuff for my oral health-- just not correctly or with a positive attitude.GREAT aftercare package.
Ji H Oh
Ji H Oh
15:19 22 Sep 18
I am usually scared of going to the dentist for my annual cleaning but I was completely blown away by the amazing customer service from the staff. Julia was extremely helpful and explained my dental coverage and out of pocket costs. Angela did an exceptional job explaining to me about the importance of dental hygiene and actually taught me how to floss properly. The office was extremely clean and upscale. Dr. Bridget was very sweet and great bedside manners. She explained everything about the treatment plan in a very thorough and concise manner. I was extremely impressed by everyone on the office and I cant wait to come back for my next appointment.
Joshua Parra
Joshua Parra
02:17 14 Sep 18
From start to finish great experience. Impeccably clean office, high tech tools, & friendly staff. Went to get my top teeth contoured/shaped. They did a Hollywood star job! I now, have a flawless smile. I even went back the next day for a touch-up on one tooth & they took care of it, graciously. If you want quality cosmetic dentistry inside the loop; look no further. These folks are the best in class.
Death Morgulis
Death Morgulis
16:23 12 Sep 18
Great place for all your dental needs. Very inviting and friendly staff. They are very knowledgeable and passionate about the work they do. I've been looking for a good dentist for awhile while neglecting my oral health, but now I think I've found my place. 10/10 would come back for a follow-up appointment.
Bianca Anderson
Bianca Anderson
17:05 05 Sep 18
Very friendly staff. The hygienist's were so knowledgeable and really took the time to teach you about your teeth, they gave my husband and I "homework" to improve our oral health. Love it! Angela was great, great sense of humor (made me laugh a lot) and very professional. Awesome job Nicole, very friendly and took the time to answer all the questions we had (love she was recommending eateries for hubby to take me :). Julia was great at the front counter very lively and knowledgeable as well. They all really took the time and customized everything for us. Able to get free electric toothbrushes but didn't have any in stock.
Michelle Campbell
Michelle Campbell
19:53 20 Jun 18
Excellent service. Great first impression! Best cleaning I've had in several years, my mouth feels amazing. They even took the time to show me how to brush more effectively. My teeth are back to being pearly white. They were very knowledgeable in regards to my insurance and I've had no issues. The service there is impeccable!
Allie Hackett
Allie Hackett
18:47 19 Jun 18
I am not the biggest fan of the dentist, however this was the BEST dentist experience I have ever had! Everyone was so kind and I got everything I needed done in one visit! They provided super helpful insight about what was going on with my teeth and took care of everything I needed quickly. I will absolutely be returning! 🙂
Andrea Andrea
Andrea Andrea
17:15 20 May 18
Love the location, the dentist AND the staff. Everyone there is awesome. It's rare that I leave a dentist office feeling just as good as when I arrive. I was sad I didn't get to see Snickers, but all in all I had a great experience my first time here. Glad to finally have a new "home" dentist since moving to Texas.
Andrew Nguyen
Andrew Nguyen
14:17 10 May 18
Beautiful location and office. Very friendly and welcoming staff! I had a great time conversing with them about movies and music. Dr. Nguyen and his staff were very knowledgeable and stressed the importance of making sure the patient knew what their game plan was. The office is very high tech as well so it was super cool to know that I was getting the latest tech being use on me.
Nonna Beetge
Nonna Beetge
14:21 24 Apr 18
The staff is wonderful, very friendly and informative. I love how they not only take X-rays, but also photos of all your teeth and put them on the big screen. They spent as much time as I needed to go over each area and explain specifics of each tooth. I definitely have a greater understanding of what is going on in there and what I need to do. I also love their space, it has a calming vibe with all kinds of artwork on display. You almost feel like you’re not at the dentist! Thank you all so much, I look forward to seeing you all again! (Said no one to their dentist 😉 )
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Our patients love being treated at our locations, with consistent 5-star ratings across the board.
See what they have to say about our dentists and dental team.

I can honestly say I had the best experience at URBN Dental. I am new in town and had a emergency. The staff was able to get me in asap and took very good care of me. Everyone worked as a team to ensure that all my needs were meet. I felt important! I was treated as if I was the only patient in the office. I found my Dental home!

The staff here is extremely friendly and professional. From the very beginning, the staff greeted me with kindness and respect. My paperwork was filled out within 15 minutes and afterwards, the dentist called me back almost immediately.

Very knowledgeable and informative, explaining all your x-ray and imagery and in creating a course of treatment. The staff is friendly and definitely concerned with their patients. Comfortable environment.

I am not the biggest fan of the dentist, however this was the BEST dentist experience I have ever had! Everyone was so kind and I got everything I needed done in one visit!

Excellent service. Great first impression! Best cleaning I’ve had in several years, my mouth feels amazing. They even took the time to show me how to brush more effectively. My teeth are back to being pearly white.

They were very prompt and professional. I felt very comfortable in the visit. They have good exam specials without any hidden fees. I have found me a permanent dentist office. Thanks URBN staff.

URBN Dental provided great service and they were all so nice. They did a great job communicating with me and i would recommend to all.

I had a root canal and a crown done here, the entire process took about an hour. Will be back in 2 weeks for my final crown! Great doctor, great staff.

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