Dental bridges replace one or more missing teeth, similar to dental implants and partial dentures. Typically, bridges are supported by the teeth on either side of the gap, called abutment teeth.
One or more missing teeth can seriously impact the appearance and health of your smile. Specifically, missing teeth can cause:
Bridges serve a restorative purpose. A dental bridge improves your ability to chew and speak, as well as the appearance of your smile. In a recent study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, dental bridges were shown to dramatically reduce the risk of losing adjacent teeth.
In addition, dental bridges prevent jaws and faces from changing shape due to a lack of support when teeth are missing.
Cantilever bridges replace a tooth that does not have supporting teeth on both sides of the affected area. A maryland bridge includes artificial teeth and gums and are held in place by a metal frame. Traditional bridges, the most common type of bridge, span the gap left by missing teeth with prosthetics attached to crowned abutment teeth or dental implants.
Dr. Dillard designs and places dental bridges in a few appointments. First, our dentist will determine if you are a good candidate for a dental bridge. If you are, he’ll prepare your teeth by reshaping or reconstructing any badly decayed or damaged areas. Then, we’ll take a dental impression and send it to a lab to create a mold for your temporary bridge. At your second visit, our Carrollton dentist will remove the temporary and place your permanent bridge, making adjustments, if any, for esthetics and comfort.
Your removable dental bridge may last from 8 to 15 years, and perhaps longer if you maintain good oral hygiene and attend regular checkups and cleanings. A fixed dental bridge can last much longer with proper oral health.
Most insurers cover a portion of the cost of a dental bridge. At your appointment, we’ll let you know your exact out-of-pocket costs. To finance your dental bridge, apply for a low- or no-interest loan with convenient payment options on the CareCredit website.
Call the dental office of Dr. Dillard today to schedule your dental bridge consultation. Families in Carrollton, Lewisville, The Colony, and surrounding areas appreciate our innovative approach to dental care with a focus on comfort and quality.
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