A dental bridge is a device that replaces one or more missing teeth in a row. It’s offered as an alternative to partial dentures and implants.
Dental bridges work by attaching to two crowns on either side of the gap where you are missing teeth. The bridge itself contains false teeth to replace each of the teeth you’re missing. Unlike partial dentures, dental bridges are cemented into place, so you don’t need to worry about removing or re-attaching the device.
A dental bridge may be appropriate if you want to avoid partial dentures. To have a dental bridge, however, you need strong teeth on either side of the device to hold it in place.
Your dentist begins the bridge placement process by preparing the teeth on either side of the gap to receive crowns. In most cases, this means shaping those teeth to make them smaller to accommodate the crowns. However, if the adjacent teeth are damaged or decayed, a root canal may be necessary before your dentist can place the crowns for a bridge.
After preparing your teeth, your dentist takes an impression of the tooth surfaces and sends it to a lab. The lab creates a customized bridge that fits comfortably and matches your other teeth. When the bridge is ready, you come back to the office to have it cemented in place.
The out-of-pocket cost of your bridge depends on several factors, including the size of the bridge and your insurance coverage. Before you schedule your treatment, the staff at Tusc Family Dental prepares a detailed quote so you know how much you need to pay.
If you care for your dental bridge properly, it can last for many years. If the bridge becomes damaged, however, you need to have it repaired or replaced right away to avoid problems.
In the first few days after you receive your bridge, you may need to be more careful and avoid certain activities, such as eating very hard foods or flossing around the device. However, once the cement has set, you should care for your bridge the same way you care for your other teeth.
At Tusc Family Dental, we have partnered with three medical financial groups, each of which can help with certain payment amounts and credit situations.