Having missing teeth can impact your ability to eat and speak properly and cause you to hide your smile.
A dental bridge can replace one or more consecutive missing teeth to restore your oral function and appearance.
Dr. Grant Heller in Victoria, TX, can craft a natural-looking dental bridge so you can smile with confidence and eat the foods you love.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
A traditional bridge consists of dental crowns and pontics (artificial teeth). The pontics fill in for missing teeth and are secured by the crowns, which fit over the two natural teeth adjacent to the gap.
An implant-supported bridge relies on two implant-supported crowns to anchor the pontics in place. Implants are titanium posts that act as prosthetic tooth roots.
The Bone-Saving Benefits of Implants
When you are missing even a single tooth, your jaw can deteriorate from a lack of stimulation that your tooth roots once provided. Dental implants are the only restorative dentistry treatment that can halt and prevent jaw atrophy. By preventing bone deterioration, you can decrease your risk for a range of complications, including further tooth loss and changes to your facial appearance.
Ready to Address Your Tooth Loss? Request an Appointment Today
Tooth loss is more common than you may think, and the treatment process doesn't have to be difficult. Dr. Grant Heller is here to give you the beautiful and healthy smile you've been dreaming of. Our entire dental team takes pride in providing patient-focused care. We'll ensure you are treated like family and receive the highest level of dental care possible when you visit our practice.
Ready to explore what a dental bridge can do for you? Take the first steps to address your tooth loss by contacting us online or calling our Victoria, TX, practice to request a consultation.
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What About Implant-Supported Bridges?
Two dental implants will be inserted directly into your jaw at both ends of the gap in your smile. You will need a few months to heal and allow the implants to fuse to the jawbone in a process called osseointegration.
Dr. Heller will take impressions that will guide our local partner lab in crafting your bridge. Once it is ready and you have healed from surgery, your dentist will secure your new dental bridge directly to your implants.
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Insurance and Financing Options
Our Victoria dental practice accepts most dental insurance plans and providers, which can reduce or eliminate out-of-pocket costs for your dental bridge. For those without insurance, or to help cover costs not covered by dental insurance, we accept CareCredit® financing, which can break your treatment into affordable monthly payments. Feel free to contact us to discuss your insurance and financing options.
Frequently Asked Questions About Bridges
Will my bridge match my other teeth?
Yes! Your bridge will be precisely shade-matched to your natural teeth to ensure it blends in with your smile.
Does bridge placement hurt?
Having a dental bridge placed isn't painful. You will be given a local anesthetic before your dentist alters your anchoring teeth to ensure you are completely comfortable.
I am missing a lot of teeth. Is a bridge still right for me?
If you are missing more than three consecutive teeth, other teeth replacement options, like dentures, may be better for you. Our Victoria dentistry practice offers a wide range of restorative treatments like bridges and dentures to meet all of your oral health needs.