Dental Bridges Overview
When one or several of your teeth are missing, it's more than just a cosmetic problem — missing teeth can cause other teeth to move out of position. This can result in unnecessary tension in your bite, increased pain during chewing, or even difficulty speaking. A dental bridge restores the appearance and health of your mouth by covering spaces with a false tooth supported by either crowns, dental implants, or a combination of both. At People's Dental in Springfield, MA, our skilled team of dental professionals offer bridges custom made with top-quality materials that will help to restore your beautiful smile. If you have one or more teeth missing from your smile, please schedule a consultative appointment with our team to get more information about your restoration options with a dental bridge.
Best Candidates for Dental Bridges
People with missing teeth don't merely have an aesthetic issue — gaps between the teeth can have a powerful impact on your oral health. The fact is: your mouth is carefully balanced and missing teeth can affect its function. With time, a missing tooth can lead to teeth shifting, creating bite problems (overbite, underbite, crossbite) and atrophy of the gums and jawbone. A dental bridge requires the surrounding teeth to be strong enough to support the restoration, including sufficient jawbone density and healthy gums. We will assess your gums and jaw during your exam and consultation to help you choose the best bridge type (traditional, cantilever, Maryland bonded, or resin bonded) and material (porcelain, ceramic, metal, and porcelain fused to metal).
What To Expect with Dental Bridges
After your teeth are filed down to prepare them, our team will take digital x-rays and impressions of your teeth so your custom bridge can be created. If needed, a temporary bridge or restoration can be placed while your custom one is being made. Once your dental bridge is ready, the needed areas of your mouth will be given local anesthesia. Other anesthesia or sedation options may be used if you have fears, anxieties, or a strong gag reflex so you will be comfortable during the procedure. The custom bridge will either be cemented in place or attached to dental implants, depending on the support you and our team decided on during your consultation. Finally, we will carefully adjust the fit of the bridge so it feels right in your mouth and remains in place.
Dental Bridges Follow-Up
After your bridge is in place, you should notice an improvement in your teeth's function and appearance. You may need a second visit at People's Dental to alter the fit of your bridge if it feels loose in the first few weeks after placement. A member of our team will show you how to care for your dental bridge, including the best way to clean it and what foods to avoid. It is crucial to frequently clean your bridge and mouth since cavities can still develop underneath the restoration. With proper care, your dental bridge can last for many years. You need to schedule appointments at People's Dental for your annual dental exams and cleaning twice a year. During your examination, our team will assess the health and fit of your dental bridge to determine if it needs to be repaired or replaced.
Dental Bridges Insurance Coverage
Bridges and other dental restorations are generally covered, in part, by dental insurance companies. Our office will talk to your dental insurance company to figure out your out-of-pocket expenses. People's Dental accepts many methods of payment, including medical financing, that can be reviewed at your consultation. Our team will help you select the best bridge material and type to fit both your needs and budget.
Dental Bridge Restorations
Even if you don't mind how you look with a gap from a missing tooth, it can lead to more expensive troubles if you don't get it fixed. Schedule a consultation to learn more about bridge restorations and the options that match your specific needs. People's Dental is proud to offer high-quality dental restorations that can help improve the appearance and health of your mouth. Contact our team in Springfield, MA to schedule your appointment.