When you need a replacement tooth, it could be made of either ceramic or porcelain fused to metal. The material your tooth will be made of depends upon your goals and preferences, in addition to where your missing tooth is located. Porcelain and metal material is typically used to replace teeth missing from the back of the mouth, whereas ceramic replacement teeth are better for patients who need to replace missing front teeth.
A dental bridge is a type of dental prosthesis that is used to replace one or more missing teeth by bridging the gap between two healthy teeth or dental implants. The bridge is typically made up of two or more crowns placed on the healthy teeth on either side of the gap, with an artificial tooth or teeth in between them.
Dental bridges can be made from various materials such as porcelain, ceramic, or metal alloys and are custom-made to fit the patient’s unique dental structure. They can improve chewing ability, speech, and the overall appearance of the patient’s smile, and can also help maintain the natural shape and alignment of surrounding teeth.
Dental bridges are a popular option for patients looking for a durable and long-lasting solution for replacing missing teeth.
What are the
Benefits of Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges offer several benefits for individuals with missing teeth. Some of their main benefits include:
- Improve chewing ability and speech – Dental bridges help with this by filling in the gap left by missing teeth.
- Prevent teeth from shifting – Dental bridges help maintain the natural shape and alignment of surrounding teeth, preventing them from shifting out of place.
- Improve the appearance of the smile – Dental bridges can help with boosting confidence and self-esteem.
- Custom-made – Dental bridges are made to fit the patient’s unique dental structure, resulting in a comfortable and natural-looking solution for replacing missing teeth.
- Durable and long-lasting – With proper care and maintenance, they can last up to 10 years or longer.
Overall, dental bridges offer a safe, effective, and aesthetically pleasing solution for individuals seeking to replace missing teeth.
What to expect at your
Dental Bridge Consultation
At a dental bridge appointment, the dentist will first conduct a thorough examination of the patient’s mouth to determine if a bridge is the right solution for their missing teeth. If a dental bridge is recommended, the dentist will begin the process of preparing the teeth on either side of the gap to receive the bridge. This involves removing a small amount of enamel to make room for the crowns that will hold the bridge in place.
Next, the dentist will take impressions of the patient’s teeth, which will be used to create a custom-made bridge that fits their unique dental structure. The patient may be fitted with a temporary bridge while the permanent bridge is being fabricated. During a follow-up appointment, the temporary bridge will be removed, and the permanent bridge will be placed and adjusted for a comfortable fit.
The dentist will provide instructions for caring for the bridge, which may include regular dental check-ups and dental cleanings to ensure the longevity of the bridge.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Bridges
What is a dental bridge made of?
What is involved in a dental bridge procedure?
The dental bridge procedure can be completed in two office visits. In the first visit, the adjacent teeth are prepared for treatment and impressions are made that will be used to create the dental crowns. Once the dental crowns have been custom-crafted, they are bonded to the replacement tooth or teeth to create the dental bridge.
In the second office visit, dental bridges are firmly secured to the patient’s teeth. Replacement teeth are carefully placed in gaps, and the dental crowns are securely bonded to the adjacent teeth. The patient now has a beautiful replacement tooth or teeth, providing a professional cosmetic and functional solution to missing teeth.
How much will a dental bridge cost?
When you come to Dental Choice, your dentist will perform a thorough examination to determine if dental bridges are the best tooth replacement option for you. They will also go over the cost associated with the procedure. Each patient is different, so there are many variables that can influence the pricing for dental bridges. This includes:
- The number of replacement teeth needed to fill the gap
- How many crowns are required to anchor the replacement teeth
- The type of bridge selected
- The materials used as well as the fabrication process
- The complexity and length of the placement procedure
- Additional treatments are required, such as the use of dental implants
How long do dental bridges last?
With proper care and maintenance, dental bridges can last up to 10 years or longer.
Are dental bridges uncomfortable?
While there may be some discomfort initially, dental bridges should not cause pain or discomfort when properly fitted.
Can dental bridges be removed?
No, dental bridges are fixed prosthetic devices and cannot be removed by the patient.
How do I care for my dental bridge?
Dental bridges should be cared for similarly to natural teeth, with regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups. It’s also important to avoid chewing on hard objects or foods that could damage the bridge.
Will my dental insurance cover the cost of a dental bridge?
Many dental insurance plans cover a portion of the cost of dental bridges, but it’s best to check with your provider for details on your specific coverage. Some plans may have a waiting period or require pre-authorization for the procedure.
Schedule A Consultation & See if A Dental Bridge is Right for You!
If you are interested in a dental bridge, schedule a consultation with one of our experienced dentists at Dental Choice today to see if dental bridges are the right treatment option for you!