What Are Dental Bridges?
Tooth loss can affect several aspects of your life, from your oral function to how you feel about your smile. It can be more challenging to bite, chew, and even speak easily when one or more teeth are missing. Over time, remaining teeth may migrate into the gaps left by tooth loss, which can change the way your upper and lower teeth fit together. This may lead to several oral health concerns, among them increased tension in your jaw. At ACE Dental of Temple, our general dentists offer custom dental bridges to help patients replace missing teeth. Bridges attach to surrounding teeth or dental implants to seamlessly fill in spaces left by missing teeth. Our team customizes dental bridges that can help restore oral function and look like a natural part of the smile. Contact our Temple, TX practice to learn more about replacing missing teeth with dental bridges!
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Is a Dental Bridge Right for You?
If you are missing one or more consecutive teeth, you may be a good candidate for a dental bridge. These tooth replacements are generally made of three or more dental crowns that are molded into a single prosthodontic restoration and may be made from porcelain, metal, or a combination of materials. The ends of the bridge (abutments) fit over teeth on either side of the gap while the middle portion (pontic) acts as the replacement tooth. A bridge may be supported by a set of dental implants surgically positioned within the jaw, in some cases. To provide proper support for a bridge, the surrounding teeth and jawbone must be healthy and free from disease. The ACE Dental of Temple team can help you decide if a traditional or implant-retained dental bridge is ideal for meeting your tooth replacement needs.
The Treatment Process
Placing a dental bridge is generally a two-visit process. To prepare the support teeth, we will numb the area and may administer nitrous oxide sedation for additional comfort. A portion of the enamel from the support teeth will be removed, which will enable your bridge to fit comfortably within your arch. We will then take a digital iTero impression of the prepared teeth and send this image to the dental lab that will create your restoration. You will likely wear a temporary bridge over the next 1 – 2 weeks while your custom bridge is being made. When it arrives in our office, we will schedule you to return so our team can bond your bridge to your teeth or connect it to your dental implants.
Caring for Your Tooth Replacement
After it is placed, your bridge may be adjusted to ensure an even interface between your top and bottom teeth. You should also notice a significant improvement in your oral function and the appearance of your smile. Instructions on how to brush and floss around your bridge will be provided by our staff. Please be sure to clean your bridge daily, as cavities can still form on the support teeth. When you visit ACE Dental of Temple for dental cleanings and exams, one of our dentists will evaluate the condition of your bridge and underlying teeth (or implants). These restorations may last for several years when they are well-cared for.
Are Bridges Covered by Dental Insurance?
Dental bridges are common tooth replacement appliances that may be partially covered under some dental insurance plans. To learn about your specific policy, our billing specialist will contact your provider and calculate any out-of-pocket treatment costs. ACE Dental of Temple is dedicated to helping all patients achieve healthy smiles and offers quality care at reasonable rates. We also accept several affordable payment options and can help you apply for low-cost financing plans.
Renew Your Smile With a Dental Bridge
Though you may not be bothered by the look of a missing tooth, leaving it unreplaced can cause future concerns for your health and smile. At ACE Dental of Temple, we offer natural-looking dental bridges as a tooth replacement option to help restore your oral function and self-confidence. Reserve a visit with one of our general dentists today to learn if a custom dental bridge is right for you!