Do you have multiple missing teeth? Schedule a consultation to discuss the benefits of dental bridges at Katy Smile Design in Katy, TX. Dental bridges are dental restorations that may be fixed or removable. Dental bridges for missing teeth can help retain the bite and make it easier for patients to eat and speak normally. Due to the important oral health and lifestyle benefits they offer, we often recommend fixed dental bridges supported by dental implants over removable bridges. Learn about the differences between removable and fixed bridges as well as the answers to common questions about dental bridges below.
Fixed vs. Removable Dental Bridges
Removable dental bridges use metal attachments and are usually used temporarily while a fixed bridge is being fabricated. This type of dental bridge is not a good long-term solution because they do not fully support missing teeth.
Fixed dental bridges are traditionally created by placing crowns on the natural teeth adjacent to a missing tooth gap. Natural anchor teeth offer more support than removable bridges, but implant-supported bridges provide maximum support. Implant-supported dental bridges use dental implants that replace teeth at the socket. Dental implants fuse with the healthy bone in the jaw to stabilize the bridge. As a stronger and longer-lasting option, implant-secured dental bridges are the best choice for patients with multiple missing teeth.
Dental Bridge FAQs
Learn more about dental bridges below:
What do I do if I have a broken dental bridge?
If you have just broken your dental bridge, do not try to repair or wear it as this can damage the gums or surrounding teeth. Contact our dental office as soon as possible for emergency dental care and we will provide advice on how to address the issue ay home and when to come in.
Can you sleep with a dental bridge in?
Patients with temporary removable dental bridges need to remove their restoration before bed. This is because removable bridges can put some strain on jaw muscles. Fixed bridges supported by dental implants cannot be removed, but they support the teeth and gums just like natural teeth.
Schedule a Dental Appointment
Are you in need of a new dental restoration? Do you want to know more about your dental bridge options? Contact Dr. Wilder and Dr. Shepard in their Katy dental office at 281.843.9814. You may also request a dental appointment on our website.