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Porcelain Bridges in Dallas, TX

If you have missing teeth, but feel that dentures might be obvious or uncomfortable, porcelain bridges might be right for you. Dr. Scott Evans provides porcelain bridges for all his patients in Dallas, Irving and the surrounding areas.

What are Porcelain Bridges? 

Porcelain bridges are used to fill in gaps created by one or more missing teeth. A porcelain bridge is a strip of prosthetic teeth that are placed in between existing teeth to stabilize them and make them more attractive. These bridges are custom created for your mouth and will, therefore, look and feel much like your natural teeth did. They also function like regular teeth, making it easy to eat, talk and chew. The fact that they are so much like other teeth means that people often do not notice you are wearing them.

There are two types of bridges:

  • A traditional bridge, which is anchored by a crown on the top of existing teeth on either side
  • Cantilever bridge, which is anchored by only one crown, and is used whenever there are existing teeth only on one side of the opening.

Benefits of Porcelain Bridges

  • Can eliminate the need for dentures
  • Look and feel much like normal teeth
  • Easier to keep clean than dentures
  • Durable, and can last as long as 20 years

Porcelain Bridges Before & After

By looking at these before and after pictures, you can see how well porcelain bridges blend with your regular teeth, providing a natural appearance that makes them virtually unnoticeable. Keep in mind the way you look will be different based on your own unique physical characteristics.

How are Porcelain Bridges Performed?

Porcelain bridges are applied in two stages. During the first visit, Dr. Evans will shape the surface of the anchor tooth or teeth slightly to prepare them for crowning. Bonding agent is then placed over the top of the teeth, and then a special curing light is used to harden the agent and help it adhere.

Next, impressions of the teeth are made so that the bridge itself can be constructed. Molds are then sent to a dental laboratory, and a temporary bridge is put into place to hold teeth in position during the interim. During your second visit, the temporary bridge is removed, and then a permanent one is put into position. Dr. Evans will check it carefully to ensure it fits properly before you leave the office. Bridges may need to be refitted and rechecked from time to time as well.

Preparing for Porcelain Bridges

Your treatment plan may include information on other dental procedures that must be completed beforehand. A thorough dental exam to include x-rays is also recommended.

Porcelain Bridges Recovery

Your mouth could feel swollen and tender shortly after having porcelain bridges put into position. Taking an anti-inflammatory medication should alleviate this feeling. There may also be an adjustment period, which normally takes around a week.

How Much Do Porcelain Bridges Cost?

Your orthodontic treatment is an investment that will last a lifetime. We work hard to keep costs affordable. Please see our financing page for insurance and payment information.

Are Porcelain Bridges Right for Me?

Porcelain bridges could be a good option if:

  • You have one or more missing teeth, and the teeth on either side of the empty space are healthy enough for crowns
  • You are committed to regular brushing, flossing and dental checkups
  • You would rather not consider dentures

Why Choose Straight Teeth Orthodontics?

Throughout his 28 years as a dentist, Dr. Evans has placed porcelain bridges in the mouths of hundreds of Dallas patients just like you. He is committed not only to helping you look your best, but achieving exceptional oral health as well.

What to Expect During Your Consultation

The pros and cons of dental bridges will be discussed so you can determine if porcelain bridges or another procedure might be best. Dr. Evans will also show you before and after pictures of actual patients so you can get a better idea as to the type of improvement you can expect. He will also advise you whether certain dental procedures such as filling cavities will be needed ahead of time.

Porcelain bridges are a natural-looking alternative that will have you smiling again. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.