About Dental Bridges
If one or a few of your teeth have fallen out, it is not just a problem with appearance — gaps in your teeth may cause your remaining teeth to shift. This may lead to extra tension when you bite, pain when you chew, or even trouble speaking. A bridge improves the health and appearance of your smile by filling in gaps using a false tooth that is supported by either dental implants, your natural teeth, or both. At White Lotus Dental in McKinney, TX, Dr. Karuna Peravali offers custom-made bridges with high-quality materials to help give you back your smile. If you have missing teeth, schedule an appointment with Dr. Peravali to learn about your treatment options with a custom bridge. With this restorative treatment, she can help you regain the aesthetic appearance and overall functionality of your smile for improved quality of life.
Missing teeth are not just an appearance problem—spaces in your smile may heavily impact the health of your mouth. Your mouth is balanced carefully and a gap may affect how well you can use it. In time, gaps may lead to the shifting of teeth, causing problems with your bite (underbite, crossbite, overbite) and gums, as well as lead to jawbone atrophy. To place a bridge, the surrounding teeth must be healthy enough to hold the restoration with good density in the jawbone and gum tissue. Dr. Peravali will examine your teeth, gums, and jaw at your consultation to help you select the best type of bridge (cantilever, traditional, resin bonded, or Maryland bonded) and material (ceramic, porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, and metal). During your consultation, you will also be able to ask Dr. Peravali any questions you may have regarding the entire procedure process.
What to Expect
Once your supporting teeth are prepped, a member of our dental staff will take digital images and dental impressions so your bridge can be created. A temporary bridge may be used while your custom one is crafted. As soon as your restoration is ready, your mouth may be prepped with a numbing agent. Stronger sedation methods can be discussed for anxiety or trouble with a gag reflex to help keep you calm during the placement. Your dental bridge can be glued into its position or connected to implants based on the method you and Dr. Peravali selected at your consult. Dr. Peravali will adjust the position of your bridge so it is comfortable and stable.
Once your bridge is in place, you should experience a noticeable improvement in the function and appearance of your teeth. You may schedule a follow-up appointment at White Lotus Dental to improve your bridge's fit if it seems loose or uncomfortable after it is placed. Dr. Peravali or an assistant on her team will teach you how to care for your restoration, including the ways to keep it clean and if you need to avoid any foods. It is important to regularly clean your bridge and mouth because decay can develop under the bridge. If you properly care for it, your custom bridge may stay in place for several years. You need to continue to attend appointments at White Lotus Dental to get an annual dental examination and bi-annual cleanings. At your dental exam, Dr. Peravali can evaluate the wear and health of your custom bridge to decide if it should be replaced or repaired.
Restorations, like dental bridges, are usually covered, at least partially, by most dental insurance companies. A member of our team will contact your dental insurance to determine how much your insurance will pay. White Lotus Dental offers several payment methods, including financing options, that may be talked about at your consultation with Dr. Peravali. She can also help you choose the best type and material for your bridge to suit your budget and needs.
Plan Your Procedure
Smile Without Gaps
Even if you do not mind the way your smile looks with a gap, it may turn into bigger issues if it is not fixed. Make an appointment with Dr. Karuna Peravali to get more information about dental bridges and what options will fit your unique needs. White Lotus Dental is pleased to offer custom dental bridges that can improve the health and appearance of your teeth. Contact our front office in McKinney, TX to make your consultation.