Dental Bridges Overview
When one or more of your teeth are missing, it is more than just a cosmetic issue — missing teeth can cause other teeth to shift out of place. This can result in more tension when biting, increased pain during chewing, or even the impairment of speech. A dental bridge restores the appearance and health of your mouth by covering spaces with a false tooth supported by either your natural teeth, dental implants, or a combination of both. At Bass River Dental in South Yarmouth, MA, Dr. Peter Russo offers dental bridges with top-quality materials that will help to restore your beautiful smile. If you have gaps in your smile, please schedule a consultation at our state-of-the-art facility to learn more about your restoration options with dental bridges.
Instead of being supported by your natural teeth like regular dental bridges, implant-retained bridges are supported by crowns on your surrounding teeth and to the implants in your jawbone. The implants are made of titanium and they are surgically placed into your jaw to support the new teeth. Crowns are then placed on your adjacent teeth to further secure the implant. An implant-supported bridge is a good solution to replace more than one missing tooth, but it can also be used to avoid putting too much pressure on the implant. This procedure uses advanced technology to generate a durable and enhanced smile. At our facility, we only use high-quality materials to give you a beautiful and natural-looking smile. Implant-retained bridges are a longer-lasting solution to restore missing teeth and help you get back the look and function of your original smile.
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Best Candidates for Dental Bridges
People with missing teeth do not merely have a cosmetic issue — gaps between the teeth can have a powerful impact on your oral health. The fact is: your mouth is carefully balanced and a missing tooth can affect its function. Over time, a missing tooth can lead to teeth shifting, creating bite problems (underbite, overbite, 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 gums. Our experienced dental team will assess your mouth during your exam and consultation to help you decide 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 prepped and filed down, digital x-rays and impressions will be taken 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 bridge is ready, the needed areas of your mouth will be numbed with local anesthesia. Other anesthesia or sedation options may be used if you have any dental anxieties or a strong gag reflex so you will be comfortable during the procedure. The bridge will either be cemented in place or attached to dental implants, depending on the support chosen during your consultation. The fit of the bridge will be adjusted as necessary so it feels right in your mouth and remains in place.
Dental Bridges Follow-Up
You should notice an improvement in the appearance and function of your teeth. You may need a second visit at Bass River Dental to adjust the fit of your bridge if it feels uncomfortable in the first few weeks after placement. A member of our team will show you how to maintain your bridge, including the best way to clean it and any foods to avoid. It is crucial to keep your bridge and mouth clean since cavities can still develop underneath the restoration. With proper care, your bridge can last for many years. You should continue to schedule appointments at Bass River Dental for your annual dental exams and bi-annual dental cleanings. During your exams, the health and wear of your bridge will be checked to determine if it needs to be repaired or replaced.
Dental Bridges Insurance Coverage
Dental restorations like bridges are typically covered, at least in part, by dental insurance. One of our team members will work with your insurance company to calculate your coverage and out-of-pocket costs. Bass River Dental accepts many forms of payment, including medical financing, that can be discussed during your consultation. Our financial team will also help you select the best bridge type and material to fit both your needs and budget.
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Dental Bridge Restorations
Even if you do not mind how you look with a missing tooth, it can lead to long-term problems if you do not seek treatment. Schedule a consultation at our facility to learn more about dental bridge restorations and the different options to fit your specific needs. Bass River Dental is proud to offer high-quality dental restorations that can help improve the appearance and health of your smile. Contact our office in South Yarmouth, MA to schedule your appointment.