Vlachakis_InternalPhotos_BridgesBridging the Gap Left by Missing Teeth

At Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry, we understand the importance of a healthy, beautiful smile to your self-assurance and quality of life. If you are embarrassed by missing teeth, a custom-fabricated dental bridge can restore your smile, improve your bite, and enhance your self-confidence. Dr. Vlachakis can provide you with a realistic dental bridge made of advanced dental materials. Thanks to her outstanding care and precision, your bridge will be nearly identical to your natural teeth.

What Is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is comprised of two parts: abutment teeth and pontics. The abutment teeth are dental crowns that fit over the natural teeth on either side of the space in your smile. The pontics are entirely new restorations that fill in the gap and are held in place by the abutment teeth.  Both the abutment teeth and the pontics can be made of metal, porcelain, or zirconia. Dr. Vlachakis will help you select the right materials for your needs. While metal restorations are extremely strong, they do not offer the cosmetic benefits of custom-matched porcelain. Zirconia is a newer material that combines the strength of metal with the natural appearance of ceramic.

Advantages of Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are excellent options to enhance the appearance of your smile. However, they have significant health-related benefits, as well. When you are missing one or more teeth, your other teeth often shift to fill in the gap. Over time, all of your teeth could move out of position, giving you a severely misaligned bite and leading to conditions such as bruxism, headaches, and TMJ disorder. By replacing your missing teeth with a dental bridge, you can protect your bite and your jaw health.

Ask Dr. Vlachakis if a Bridge Is Right for You

In many cases, a dental bridge is the best option for replacing one or more lost teeth. To find out if a bridge is right for you, schedule a consultation by calling Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry today at (281) 974-4494. Located in Memorial City Plaza, we proudly serve the residents of Houston, Memorial City, Bunker Hill, West Beltway, City Center, Hedwig Village, and all surrounding communities.