If you are missing one or more teeth in a row, dental bridges may be able to help restore the function and aesthetics of your smile. Our team of cosmetic and restorative dentists have extensive experience helping patients replace missing teeth with beautiful, comfortable, and natural-looking results.
Dental bridges—also sometimes called partial dentures—are a form of restorative dentistry designed to replace one or more consecutive missing teeth. Filling the gap left behind by missing teeth helps to prevent the shifting of the surrounding teeth while restoring your ability to talk and chew properly. Bridges can take a number of different forms based on your specific needs. Traditional fixed bridges are typically a false tooth or set of teeth anchored using dental crowns affixed to the natural teeth on either side of the gap. Implant bridges are an innovative technique where one or more dental implants are used to anchor a multi-tooth prosthetic in place. Your dentist can help determine the ideal treatment option for your needs during your consultation.
Dental bridges offer many patients an effective replacement option for missing or severely damaged teeth. Treatment benefits can include:
Dental bridges can be an excellent treatment option if you are missing one or more consecutive teeth. Our dentists use zirconia—a durable, non-metallic material that more closely resembles the natural color of teeth—to construct dental bridges right here in our office, making us one of the only practices in the area to offer this convenience.
Depending on your specific needs, your dental bridge will typically either be supported by dental crowns or dental implants. These treatments will be performed prior to the placement of your permanent bridge. Dental implants generally require several months to heal and fully fuse with the jawbone, so a temporary or “immediate” bridge can be used to fill the gap in the meantime—meaning you should never have to go without teeth during the treatment process.
Once the preliminary treatments are done, your final bridge can be securely placed and your smile restoration can be considered complete.
With proper care and upkeep, dental bridges can often last for years or even decades. Our team constructs each bridge out of the highest-quality materials possible, and we can provide you with detailed care instructions to help ensure the longevity of your dental bridge. In general, we recommend practicing good oral hygiene and attending your twice-yearly dental appointments. We also suggest refraining from biting down on hard surfaces or using your teeth to open packages or containers, as this can cause unnecessary wear on your bridge.
The final cost of dental bridge treatment will vary based on a number of different factors, including what type of bridge is being placed and how many teeth are being replaced. During your consultation, one of our dentists will go over the different options available to you and develop a customized treatment plan based on your goals. Our friendly staff can also assist you in determining whether your dental insurance plan provides any coverage for dental bridges. From there, we can give you a personalized cost estimate that accurately accounts for the specific details of your treatment plan. If you have any questions about dental financing options or if you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our providers, please contact our office.
If you have any questions about dental bridges or would like to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists, please contact Innovative Dental today.