What Are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge can help when you’re missing a tooth or multiple teeth. Tooth loss can affect the appearance of your smile, and it can even make eating or speaking more difficult. When teeth are missing, it can also cause your remaining teeth to shift, which can create dental problems, like malocclusion (bad bite) or tension in your jaw. ACE Dental of Cove is proud to offer custom dental bridges to our patients with missing teeth. A bridge is made up of a false tooth that is anchored to the surrounding teeth (or dental implants) with dental crowns. Each bridge is custom made to look and feel like a natural tooth. If you’re interested in a dental bridge to replace a missing tooth and keep your remaining teeth from shifting, give us a call to schedule a consultation.
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Ideal Candidates for Dental Bridges
If you are missing one or more teeth, you may be a candidate for a bridge. Your surrounding natural teeth must be free of periodontal (gum) disease and in good health, and you will need good bone density in your jawbone. At ACE Dental of Cove, we offer dental bridges made out of porcelain, metal, or a combination of both. Most bridges contain multiple dental crowns that are fused together to create a single piece. Bridges can also be attached to dental implants in most cases. One of our expert dentists will review the bridge types and materials for construction to best address your needs and budget.
What To Expect With a Dental Bridge
At ACE Dental of Cove, dental bridges usually require two visits to our office. During the first appointment, the area around where the bridge will be placed is numbed with local anesthetic. We can also offer nitrous oxide sedation to ease any dental fears if you prefer. Once you are numb, some of the enamel on the supporting teeth will be removed so that the crowns will have room in your mouth. Then, we will use iTero digital technology to create a 3D virtual impression of your teeth. One of our dentists will then craft a temporary bridge to protect your teeth while you wait for the permanent restoration to return from the dental lab. Usually within 1 – 2 weeks, we will call you to schedule your second appointment where we will remove the temporary bridge and affix the permanent one. After the permanent bridge is in place, your dentist can make minor adjustments to make it fit more comfortably in your mouth.
Caring for Your Tooth Replacement
You should immediately notice an improvement in the look and functionality of your teeth after your bridge is in place. Someone on our dental staff will make sure you are given specific instructions about how to care for your dental bridge since tooth decay can still happen beneath your restoration. Be sure to brush and floss your teeth daily, and schedule regular checkups at ACE Dental of Cove. When you come in for future visits, one of our talented dentists will inspect your bridge and the surrounding teeth for signs of damage or excessive wear. If you care for it properly, a dental bridge can last for many years to come.
Insurance Coverage for Bridges
Dental bridges may be fully or partially covered by your dental insurance plan. A member of our staff will contact your insurance provider to find out your coverage and any remaining cost. If you don’t have dental insurance, ACE Dental of Cove can assist you in finding low-interest medical financing to help your dental procedure meet your budget constraints, and we also accept multiple methods of payment for your convenience.
Restore Your Smile With a Dental Bridge
Even if you don’t mind the appearance of your smile with a missing tooth, it can cause future issues with your remaining teeth if the issue isn’t addressed. Dental bridges are a popular solution to tooth loss, allowing you the freedom to eat, talk, and smile with pride. If you’d like more information about dental bridges and whether it might be a solution for you, give us a call and schedule a consultation at our Copperas Cove, TX location today!