Ashley Smile Dental

Winifred O. Dike, DDS

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Houston, TX

Missing teeth not only cause unappealing gaps in your smile, but they can also lead to shifting teeth and other oral health issues. At Ashley Smile Dental, Dr. Winifred Dike provides dental bridges to restore your smile at the Houston, Texas, office. These fixed prosthetics are custom-made to match the appearance and function of your natural teeth. To learn more and find out if dental bridges may be right for you, call or schedule a consultation online today.

Bridges Q & A

What are dental bridges?

If you have lost one or multiple teeth due to tooth decay, trauma, or injury, a dental bridge can restore your smile and stave off the harmful shifting of surrounding teeth.

A dental bridge is a fixed prosthetic that essentially “bridges” the gap left by missing teeth. Unlike dentures, bridges aren’t removable and require Dr. Dike’s intervention to be removed.

Most dental bridges are made out of ceramic or porcelain and can match the shade and overall appearance of your natural teeth. They are custom-made in a dental lab using impressions of your mouth to ensure a proper fit.

Who are dental bridges for?

Dental bridges are an effective, cost-effective option to replace one or more missing teeth. If you don’t have a jawbone that is strong enough to support dental implants, you may be an ideal candidate for bridges, which Dr. Dike can bond to your surrounding teeth.

If you’re missing teeth stemming from poor oral health or an accident, considering a prosthetic like dental bridges is essential. Gaps in your smile not only affect your appearance and self-confidence, but they can also lead to poor jaw health, a bad bite, gum disease, and other problems.

How do dental bridges work?

During your first visit with Dr. Dike, she takes impressions of your mouth which she sends off to a dental lab to produce your custom-made dental bridges.

At a second appointment, she prepares your surrounding teeth by reducing them in size, then cements your new bridges to the natural teeth surrounding the space. These surrounding teeth act as anchors for the bridge.

If your jawbone is healthy and strong enough, Dr. Dike may recommend dental implants (metal posts that she surgically inserts into your jawbone). Implant-supported bridges provide extra stability.

After Dr. Dike fits you with you your new dental bridge, she closely monitors your progress over the following weeks and months. She schedules follow-up visits with you to make sure you’re adjusting well to your new prosthetic.  

How long do dental bridges last?

As long as you take good care of your dental bridge, there’s no reason it shouldn’t last at least 10 years. Make sure you continue brushing and flossing regularly and maintain your regular visits with Dr. Dike, including professional cleanings and routine check-ups.

Following these guidelines will help prolong the lifetime of your dental bridge.

If you’d like to learn more about dental bridges and see if you may be a good candidate, call or schedule a consultation online today.