Dental Bridges Specialist

Doctor Mansour's Dental Office

Dr. Mansour

General Dentist located in Arlington, TX

If you’re missing more than one tooth, you may be wondering about your options for a natural-looking smile. The expert team at Doctor Mansour's Dental Office in Arlington, Texas, offers bridges that are customized to your mouth. With good dental care, your bridge lasts a lifetime. Find out if you’re a good candidate by calling today or scheduling a quick consultation online with Doctor Mansour, DDS, PA.

Dental Bridges Q & A

What is a bridge?

Bridges are prosthetic devices meant to restore your smile. Doctor Mansour commonly recommends bridges if you're missing two or more teeth. The bridges cover the gap where your teeth are missing and are cemented on either side to:

  • Your teeth 
  • Implants
  • A combination of your teeth and implants

Bridges are sometimes called fixed removable dentures. While some do last a lifetime, bridges last 5-7 years on average. Good dental care ensures your bridge lasts for good.

What are the benefits of bridges?

Bridges help to give you back your smile. Other benefits include:

  • Strengthening a damaged tooth
  • Improving a tooth's appearance, shape, or alignment
  • Restoring your speech and pronunciation
  • Maintaining the shape of your face
  • Improving your bite

Bridges help correct gaps left by missing teeth that can cause your remaining teeth to shift. 

What are the types of bridges?

There are three common types of bridges:

  • Traditional bridge: made by placing prosthetic teeth between two crowns and bonding the prosthetic to both crowns
  • Cantilever bridge: the bridge is bonded to one or more crowns on one side of the gap where your tooth is missing
  • Maryland bonded bridge: holds your prosthetic tooth in place with hidden metal "wings" on the other side

Doctor Mansour recommends the right kind of bridge for you after looking at the condition of your teeth.

What is the process for getting a bridge?

You typically visit Doctor Mansour's Dental Office twice to get a dental bridge. Doctor Mansour examines your teeth, jaw, and gums during your first visit. 

He then numbs your treatment area and begins preparing the teeth that will surround the bridge. He removes a layer of tooth enamel, then covers your teeth with temporary crowns.

Doctor Mansour takes pictures and makes an impression of the gap between your teeth and the surrounding teeth. The mold and images are sent to a dental lab, which makes a bridge to fit the precise dimensions of your mouth.

Doctor Mansour puts in your bridge at your second appointment. The bridge is anchored in place, and he checks to make sure the fit is perfectly aligned. 

If you’re ready for a new, improved smile, find out whether you’re a candidate for a bridge by calling Doctor Mansour's Dental Office today or scheduling a consultation online.