Dental Bridges Springfield & Longmeadow, MA Bridges Springfield
Beautifully Bridged Gaps in Springfield, MA
A missing tooth is serious business. Each tooth in the mouth is intended to absorb a certain amount of force when we chew. When one or more are lost, this force is no longer dispersed evenly, and this can create unique challenges to oral health. Empty spaces in the smile can look unattractive and make you feel self conscious. Surrounding teeth may tip or shift into the space, and it is even possible that opposing teeth could move when there is nothing to stop them. To minimize the consequences of tooth loss, your dentist may suggest a dental bridge.
What is a dental bridge?
Dental bridges have been a primary method of tooth replacement for several decades. The most common type of dental bridge is the fixed bridge, which includes an artificial tooth to fill the gap, and two crowns to anchor that tooth. Our practice is extensively trained in all-ceramic bridges, which fill gaps with natural-looking artificial teeth, help minimize chewing and speaking problems, and provide overall added strength to the mouth.
What can I expect from a dental bridges procedure?
Replacing a missing tooth with a dental bridge is a painless, two-step process. During your initial visit, the teeth that will anchor your bridge are modified slightly. This enables proper fitting of the dental crowns that will stabilize the artificial tooth. After these teeth are prepared, impressions are taken. The mold of your teeth will be sent to a dental lab, which will create your all-ceramic final restoration. You will be fitted with a temporary bridge to support chewing and appearance, and will be scheduled for your next visit.
Your final bridge should be ready for placement within a few weeks. After removing the temporary bridge, the final restoration will be assessed for optimal fit. This includes a “bite check” to ensure opposing teeth fit together when you bite down. If necessary, alterations can be made while you wait. Typically, only minor revisions are needed, if any. Once you and your dentist are satisfied with the look and feel of the new bridge, it will be bonded into place.
Why should I consider dental bridges?
There are several advantages to tooth replacement with a dental bridge. These include:
- Restoration of a natural smile esthetic
- Restored ability to speak and chew at optimal functionality
- Proper support for facial structure
- Proper bite distribution
- Prevention of drifting or shifting of other teeth
- Lasting function: Bridges can last a decade or longer with good care
How much do dental bridges cost?
We understand that cost is an important aspect of choosing the method of tooth replacement that is right for you. Dental bridges vary in cost depending on the number of teeth being replaced. In many cases, dental insurance will cover a portion of the total fee for this restorative treatment. Patients of Taylor Street Dental also have options for financing, including CareCredit and other programs.
Maintaining your Dental Bridge
The goal of dental bridge treatment is to restore optimal form and function for many years. Once the fixture is in place, much of the success in longevity is in your hands. Although the materials used to make your bridge will resist decay, it is important to follow the recommended brushing and flossing protocol in order to prevent gum disease. Once your bridge has been bonded, we will demonstrate how to floss around the restoration. We will also examine the bridge during routine visits to ensure structural integrity and stability.
Springfield Dentist, Dr. David Peck can help you bridge gaps beautifully! To find out if dental bridges are a good option for you and you live in Massachusetts, please contact Taylor Street Dental Associates today at (413) 781-7645.
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