Bridges

Euclid McLeod, DDS

General Dentist located in Georgetown, TX

Are you hiding your smile because of missing teeth? Do you wish there was a simple solution that could fix your smile? Dr. Euclid McLeod Jr., DDS, in Georgetown, Texas, offers a number of options to replace missing teeth, including bridges — which serve as “bridge” in the space left by missing teeth. If you’re ready to fix your smile, call Dr. McLeod’s office or book an appointment online for a consultation.

Bridges Q & A

What is a bridge?

A bridge is a dental prosthetic consisting of two or more crowns, which bridge the gap between missing teeth. If you’ve lost teeth due to decay or an accident, a bridge works to replace them.

What are the benefits of a bridge?

A bridge does more than simply fix your smile, it also:

  • Improves chewing
  • Keeps your other teeth in place
  • Supports facial structure
  • Makes speaking easier

If you don’t replace the missing teeth, your other teeth shift, which affects both your smile and bite.

What are the types of bridges?

There are four types of bridges: 

  • Maryland dental bridge: held in place by metal framework attached to the back of your teeth
  • Cantilever bridge: held in place by a crown on one side
  • Traditional dental bridge: held in place by crowns on both sides
  • Implant-supported bridge: dental implants secured to the bone

How is a bridge placed?

Bridge placement may require a few visits to Dr. McLeod. After the initial consultation — where you both decide you’re ready to get a bridge — Dr. McLeod has you come in for another appointment so he can begin shaping your teeth to fit the crown.

At this initial visit, Dr. McLeod begins by first numbing the gums around the teeth he plans on shaping. Then, he either files down or fills in the teeth for the crown.

He then makes an impression of your teeth, which is used to create your permanent bridge. Before you leave the office, Dr. McLeod places a temporary bridge over your shaped teeth for protection.

It may take a few weeks for your permanent bridge to be made. Once it’s ready, Dr. McLeod securely places the bridge in your mouth.

How long does a bridge last?

With good care, a bridge can stay in place for up to 10 years. Bridges sometimes fall out of place early from decay that occurs underneath the crowns.

To improve the longevity of your bridge: 

  • Brush and floss daily
  • Follow up with Dr. McLeod as scheduled
  • Eat a healthy diet

If you’re considering a bridge to replace missing teeth, Dr. McLeod can help. Call the office or book an appointment using the online booking agent.