Dental Bridges in Austin, TX

Smile More Confidently With Dental Bridges

Missing teeth are a detriment to your smile, your oral health, and your well-being. If you’re missing one or more teeth, dental bridges can help restore your smile and improve your quality of life. Our Austin restorative dentist, Dr. Michelle Hedgecock, explains what you need to know about dental bridges and how these simple restorations can easily and affordably replace lost teeth.

What Are Dental Bridges?

Dental bridges are a tooth replacement option that uses one or more artificial teeth, called pontics, to fill in the gap left by missing teeth. The pontics are anchored to the surrounding natural teeth or dental implants using dental crowns or metal frameworks.

Benefits of Dental Bridges

  • Restored Smile and Confidence: Dental bridges can fill in the gaps left by missing teeth, restoring your smile and confidence.
  • Improved Chewing Function: Dental bridges can improve your chewing ability, allowing you to enjoy your favorite foods again.
  • Prevent Shifting of Teeth: Dental bridges can prevent the remaining teeth from shifting out of place and causing bite problems.
  • Affordable Solution: Dental bridges are an affordable solution for replacing missing teeth

Types of Dental Bridges

There are several types of bridges available, each with its own unique benefits and considerations. Here are the most common types:

  • Traditional Dental Bridge: This is the most common type of bridge. It consists of a false tooth or teeth held in place by dental crowns cemented onto each of the abutment teeth. A traditional bridge is typically used when you have natural teeth on both sides of the gap created by your missing tooth.
  • Cantilever Dental Bridge: This type of bridge is similar to a traditional bridge, but it only uses one abutment tooth to support the false tooth or teeth. This is typically used when there’s only one natural tooth next to the gap.
  • Maryland Dental Bridge: Also known as a resin-bonded bridge, this type of bridge uses a metal or porcelain framework to hold the false tooth in place. The framework is bonded to the back of the adjacent natural teeth, making it a more conservative option.
  • Implant-Supported Dental Bridge: This type of bridge is supported by dental implants rather than natural teeth. It’s typically used when multiple teeth are missing or the surrounding teeth aren’t strong enough to support a traditional bridge.

The Dental Bridge Process

Initial Consultation

Before proceeding with dental bridges, you’ll have an initial consultation with Dr. Hedgecock. During your consultation, Dr. Hedgecock will carefully examine your oral health and discuss various options for dental bridges specifically tailored to your needs. Additionally, to ensure a precise fit, we’ll take detailed impressions of your mouth to create a model of the bridge.


In cases where tooth extraction is required, Dr. Hedgecock will perform them prior to moving forward with the bridge procedure. However, if you have multiple missing teeth in a row, extraction might not be necessary as the dental bridge can fill those gaps without the need for extraction.


During the consultation, Dr. Hedgecock will collaborate with you to design a dental bridge that meets your aesthetic preferences and complements your natural smile. She’ll take into account various factors such as the shape, size, and color of your existing teeth to ensure a seamless integration and a natural-looking result.


After the design phase, Dr. Hedgecock will proceed with creating the final bridge based on the agreed-upon specifications. Once the bridge is ready, we’ll schedule a fitting appointment. During this appointment, Dr. Hedgecock will carefully place the bridge in your mouth to ensure a comfortable and secure fit. This point of the procedure may vary slightly depending on what kind of dental bridge you’re getting. Dr. Hedgecock will make any necessary adjustments to guarantee proper alignment and functionality.

Aftercare for Dental Bridges

Proper care and maintenance play a crucial role in preserving the durability and functionality of your bridge. Dr. Hedgecock recommends these tips to ensure your dental bridge lasts as long as possible:

  1. Maintain a daily oral hygiene routine by brushing and flossing your dental bridge.
  2. Attend regularly scheduled checkups with Dr. Hedgecock to ensure proper care and maintenance.
  3. Avoid hard or sticky foods that could potentially damage the bridge.
  4. Be mindful of your diet and opt for softer, healthier food choices to protect your bridge.
  5. Seek professional guidance from Dr. Hedgecock if you experience any discomfort or notice any issues with your bridge.
  6. Follow any additional care instructions provided by Dr. Hedgecock to prolong the lifespan of your dental bridge.

Frequently Asked Questions 

How long do dental bridges last?
Are dental bridges covered by insurance?
Can I eat normally with a dental bridge?
Will a dental bridge affect my ability to speak or pronounce certain sounds?
How long do dental bridges last?

With proper care and maintenance, dental bridges can last up to 10 years or more. However, this time frame also depends on how well you care for your dental bridge and the bridge material.

Are dental bridges covered by insurance?

Many dental insurance plans cover the cost of dental bridges. However, coverage may vary depending on the plan and age of the patient. It’s best to check with your insurance provider to determine your coverage.

Can I eat normally with a dental bridge?

Yes, you can eat normally with a dental bridge. However, you should avoid eating hard or sticky foods that can damage the bridge.

Will a dental bridge affect my ability to speak or pronounce certain sounds?

A dental bridge should not significantly affect your ability to speak or pronounce sounds. Initially, you may experience a slight adjustment period as your tongue and mouth adapt to the presence of the bridge. However, with practice, most find that they can speak normally. If you encounter persistent difficulties, consult your dentist for further evaluation and adjustments.

Call Dr. Hedgecock and Restore Your Smile with Dental Bridges 

Transform your smile and regain your confidence with dental bridges. If you don’t want dental issues to hold you back any longer, schedule a consultation with Dr. Hedgecock today by calling (512) 501-2385. You can also click the button below to schedule an appointment and one of our friendly team members will get back to you shortly. 

Take the first step towards a radiant smile and a happier you. Dr. Hedgecock is here to provide affordable dental restorations like dental bridges to new and returning patients from Austin and surrounding areas, such as Elgin, Leander, and Sunset Valley, TX.

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