A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth. Redlands, CA dentist, Dr. Steve Tatevossian, offers fixed bridges for patients needing to close in the gap where missing teeth exist, or to serve as teeth anchors. Missing teeth is not only a cosmetic concern for our patients, but can also lead to oral health issues, such as decay, TMJ, teeth movement, and other issues concerning the mouth and jaw. While a dental bridge, which is a prosthetic device, fills the gap between teeth, dental crowns are often used on either side to serve as anchors. Dental bridges are highly durable and the end result is a natural-looking, flawless, restored smile.
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Patients usually need to make two visits for their dental bridge procedure. During the first visit, the abutment teeth (anchors) are prepared by filing down the teeth to allow room for a crown to be placed over them. Impressions of the teeth are then made to help make the bridge in a dental laboratory. Patients will be provided with a temporary bridge to wear in order to protect their exposed teeth. During their second visit, the dentist will remove the temporary bridge and the custom-made bridge will be installed, checked, and adjusted as necessary. Patients may need to schedule multiple visits over the next few weeks to check the framework of the bridge as well as adjust the patient’s bite for comfort.
The cost of a dental bridge varies depending on the amount of bridges needed, the materials used, and the severity of the patient’s case. Most dental insurance companies cover up to half of the cost of dental bridges, but our office will contact the patient’s insurance prior to treatment to determine their exact coverage.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
Men and women who have missing teeth are considered the best candidates for dental bridges. Missing teeth can lead to a number of dental and physical health concerns such as periodontal disease, TMJ disorder, and compromised chewing efficiency.
How Long Do Bridges Last?
With good oral hygiene and regular dentist visits, dental bridges last an average of 5 - 15 years, but some may last longer.
Special Care for Bridges?
It is important to maintain a healthy dental regimen to ensure the strength of the bridge and remaining teeth. This means brushing twice a day, daily flossing, and scheduling regular dental cleanings and exams.
Plan Your Procedure
Bridge the Gap
Dr. Tatevossian is proud to offer a full range of cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry treatments. Patients who suffer from missing teeth should contact our Redlands, CA dental office to schedule a consultation and learn more about their treatment options.