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Dental Bridges – Azle, TX

Fill the Gaps from Missing Teeth

Are you struggling to smile with confidence or chew your favorite foods because of a missing tooth? If so, you’ll be happy to know that our team at Rubal Dentistry Azle has a solution for replacing one, two, or three missing teeth in a row: dental bridges. By resting on your remaining teeth, a dental bridge in Azle, TX flawlessly fills the empty space to give you a complete smile again. Call our practice today to learn how a dental bridge could help you!

Why Choose Rubal Dentistry Azle for Dental Bridges?

  • Serving the Azle Community Since 1996
  • Implant Bridges Placed & Restored In-House
  • Flexible Dental Payment Options

What Is a Dental Bridge?

dental bridge replacing a single missing tooth

A dental bridge is a set of prosthetic teeth that are fused together. On either end of the bridge is a dental crown, which is anchored onto the natural teeth that border the gap in your grin. The replacement teeth in the middle, known as pontics, then seamlessly “bridge” the empty space. If you’re missing a single tooth, or two or three consecutive ones, then a dental bridge could be a great solution for you.

Types of Dental Bridges

two dental implants supporting a dental bridge

There are two main types of dental bridges, each of which is best suited for patients with different circumstances. That’s why it’s important to attend a consultation with your dentist in Azle. We can determine which bridge is ideal for you.

Traditional Dental Bridge

A traditional dental bridge relies on support from two of your natural teeth. Some enamel must be removed in order to create room for the bridge, but the restoration can be trusted to last for at least 10-15 years with the right care.

Implant Bridge

Alternatively, a bridge can be anchored onto dental implants – titanium rods that replicate the roots of the missing teeth. With an implant bridge, three or even four teeth could be replaced using only two posts. This method also preserves the enamel of your remaining teeth, and it could potentially last for 30 years or longer.

The Benefits of Getting a Dental Bridge

man pointing to his smile

Dental bridges have been a popular tooth replacement for decades now. Their benefits include:

  • Stopping your remaining teeth from drifting out of alignment.
  • Restoring your ability to eat your favorite foods.
  • Custom-made to match the rest of your pearly whites.
  • More affordable than dental implants.
  • Non-surgical tooth replacement (traditional dental bridge).

Dental Bridges FAQs

Dental bridge lying on a table

Dental bridges are a long-term solution for tooth loss, capable of giving you back a lot of the bite force you may have lost and filling any of the gaps you may have in your smile. We believe that before getting any kind of dental work, patients should understand the benefits and disadvantages of the procedure.

We’ll talk to you extensively about how dental bridges could affect you in particular when we meet you, but before then, here are some more general questions that we get often from our patients.

What Are Dental Bridges Made Of?

Dental bridges can be made of just about anything that a dental crown can. Technically they can be made of metal, however, we don’t typically do that for our patients. Metal bridges compromise much more in aesthetics than just a single crown will, which is part of why we usually craft our restorations out of tooth-colored ceramic.

Is a Partial Denture the Same as a Bridge?

Partial dentures and dental bridges are not the same thing, though they are similar. Both are used to replace a few teeth along a single arch but do so in a drastically different way. Partial dentures are designed to be removable, affixing to the natural teeth via metal clips.

Dental bridges, on the other hand, are adhered to the teeth in the same way as a dental crown. This means that they are not removable, and a small amount of enamel will need to be removed in order to place them. However, this also affords them much greater stability than what partial dentures will provide to you.

Do Dental Bridges Feel Natural?

As with anything, it’ll take a little bit of time to get used to having something new in your mouth. However, the restorations you get from us will be meticulously crafted to match your smile, which means it will blend in naturally with the rest of your teeth.

They’re also made of durable, high-quality materials, which means that they’ll hold up well to any kind of chewing force that they could face on a day-to-day basis. All this to say that dental bridges are incredibly durable, and within a few days they should feel perfectly natural.

Can Dental Bridges Get Cavities?

Dental bridges are made of material that is resistant to the factors that cause tooth decay. As a result, you don’t have to worry about the restoration itself getting cavities. However, the natural teeth that are under the bridge still can, especially if you frequently get food trapped under your dental bridge or if the cement that connects them to the tooth has started to crack.

For that reason, you should still be diligent with your oral hygiene if you want your dental bridge to stay in good condition for as long as possible.

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