Dental Bridges

Restorative Dentistry in Frisco, TX

Do missing teeth prevent you from living your life to the fullest? If you miss out on family gatherings, outings with friends, and other opportunities in life because you’re embarrassed by your smile, a dental bridge is an excellent solution. At Stonebriar Smile Design in Frisco, Texas, we’re here to help you regain confidence and improve your appearance with dental bridges. Using custom-made restorations designed with your needs in mind, we can restore, enhance, and improve your quality of life.

Why Choose Stonebriar Smile Design for Dental Bridges?

Implant-Retained Options Available

Natural-Looking Porcelain Materials

Prevent Neighboring Teeth from Shifting

What is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is a prosthetic that replaces one or more missing teeth by attaching neighboring teeth or dental implants to the prosthetic. Dental bridges allow us to quickly replace missing teeth and prevent other issues like shifting and crowding. It is a fixed restoration with long-lasting and comfortable results.

Who is a Good Candidate for a Dental Bridge?

You may be eligible for a dental bridge if you are missing one or more consecutive teeth along your top or bottom arch. However, you must have enough support from your natural teeth on both sides of the gap to hold up the restoration. If our team finds that you have gum disease or tooth decay, you must undergo appropriate treatment to address these problems before receiving a dental bridge.

The Dental Bridge Placement Process

We can transform your smile with a dental bridge in two easy appointments. In your first appointment, we’ll evaluate the problem areas of your smile and painlessly file down the natural teeth on either side of the gap so the final restoration appropriately fits when cemented into place.

Several weeks later, during your follow-up visit, we remove the temporary bridge and place your finalized restoration. The outer crowns fit over the natural teeth that we filed down during your first visit, and the inner portion of the bridge rests on top of your gums, restoring the look of your smile.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Bridges?

Dental bridges are more cost-effective than dental implants and less invasive. They are one of the safest, most effective restorations for missing teeth. Other benefits of dental bridges include:

  • A better-looking smile
  • A boost in confidence
  • Decreased chance for natural teeth to shift out of alignment due to vacant sockets
  • A more evenly distributed bite
  • Greater functionality while chewing, speaking, and eating

Dental Bridge FAQs

If you’re considering a dental bridge in Frisco, you likely still have a few questions about this fixed dental restoration technique. We encourage you to take the first step and schedule a consultation with one of our dental bridge experts. It’s okay to have questions; that’s why we’re here to help! A visit to our dental practice will put you at ease as we take you through the procedure step-by-step in detail. In the meantime, we’ve gathered some of the most commonly asked questions about dental bridges so you can learn more about them. Don’t hesitate to call us; we’ll be happy to help.

If you’re only missing a single tooth, you may feel tempted to forgo replacing it, especially if it’s a tooth you can’t really see when you smile. However, no matter how many teeth you’re missing, we highly recommend replacing them right away. A gap in your smile collects plaque, bacteria, and food debris, which increases your risk of oral health conditions like gum disease and tooth decay. Plus, the neighboring teeth will begin to shift into the empty space, creating a domino effect that results in a mouthful of crooked teeth. Even if you’re only missing one tooth, we encourage you to replace it soon to prevent these complications.

To ensure your bridges last for as long as possible and your smile stays healthy, make sure to follow these tips:

  • Brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day
  • Floss daily, using specialized tools to floss under the bridge
  • Use fluoridated toothpaste and rinse with antiseptic mouthwash
  • Avoid biting into hard foods and refrain from chewing on hard objects
  • Visit us for regular checkups and cleanings every six months
Dental bridges are typically considered a major restorative treatment that’s necessary for ongoing oral health. As such, they are usually covered by dental insurance by at least 50%. However, deductibles, waiting periods, and annual maximums often apply, plus every dental insurance policy is slightly different. Our talented team has years of experience navigating dental insurance and we’ll be happy to review the details of your plan with you to ensure your benefits are being maximized.
The average lifespan of a dental bridge is 5-15 years. This is such a large range because it truly depends on how well you take care of it. For example, bad habits like biting on hard objects or using your teeth to open packages can loosen or weaken your bridge, which means it will need to be replaced sooner. However, if you are careful with your teeth and practice good oral hygiene, you can likely count on your dental bridge for 15 years or longer.