Dental Bridges Overview
When one or more of your teeth are missing, it's more than just a cosmetic issue — missing teeth can cause other teeth to shift out of place. This can result in more tension when biting, increased pain during chewing, or even the impairment of speech. A dental bridge restores the appearance and health of your mouth by covering spaces with a false tooth supported by either your natural teeth, dental implants, or a combination of both. At Contemporary Dentistry in Gilbert, AZ, dentist Dr. Kathy Jacobsen offers dental bridges with top-quality materials that will help to restore your beautiful smile. If you have gaps in your smile, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Jacobsen to learn more about your restoration options with dental bridges.
Best Candidates for Dental Bridges
Many people with missing teeth mistakenly think that it’s more or less just a cosmetic issue, but gaps between the teeth can have an impact on your oral health. The fact is, your mouth is carefully balanced and a missing tooth can affect the function of it. Over time, a missing tooth can cause your teeth to shift, creating bite problems (underbite, overbite, crossbite) and atrophy of the gums and jawbone. A dental bridge requires the surrounding teeth to be strong enough to support the restoration, including sufficient jawbone density and healthy gums. Dr. Jacobsen will assess your mouth during your exam and consultation to help you decide the best bridge type (traditional, cantilever, Maryland bonded, or resin bonded) and material (porcelain, ceramic, metal, and porcelain fused to metal).
What To Expect from Dental Bridges
After your teeth are prepped and filed down, Dr. Jacobsen will take digital x-rays and impressions of your teeth so your custom bridge can be created. If needed, a temporary bridge or restoration can be placed while your custom one is being made. Once your bridge is ready, the needed areas of your mouth will be numbed with local anesthesia. Other anesthesia or sedation options may be used if you have any dental anxieties or a strong gag reflex so you will be comfortable during the procedure. The bridge will either be cemented in place or attached to dental implants, depending on the support you and Dr. Jacobsen chose during your consultation. Dr. Jacobsen will carefully adjust the fit of the bridge so it feels right in your mouth and remains in place.
Follow-Up for Dental Bridges
You should notice an improvement in the appearance and function of your teeth. You may need a second visit at our office to adjust the fit of your bridge if it feels uncomfortable in the first few weeks after placement. Dr. Jacobsen or a member of her team will show you how to maintain your bridge, including the best way to clean it and any foods to avoid. It is crucial to keep your bridge and mouth clean since cavities can still develop underneath the restoration. With proper care, your bridge can last for many years. You should continue to schedule appointments at Contemporary Dentistry for your annual dental exams and bi-annual dental cleanings. During your exams, Dr. Jacobsen will check the health and wear of your bridge to determine if it needs to be repaired or replaced.
Insurance Coverage for Dental Bridges
Dental restorations like bridges are typically covered, at least in part, by dental insurance. One of our team members will work with your insurance company to calculate your coverage and out-of-pocket costs. Our office accepts many forms of payment, including medical financing and Smiles Club memberships, that can be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Jacobsen. She will also help you select the best bridge type and material to fit both your needs and budget.
Plan Your Procedure
Dental Bridge Restorations
Even if you don't mind the appearance of a missing tooth or teeth, it can have long-term problems if you don't seek treatment. Schedule a consultation with dentist Dr. Jacobsen to learn more about dental bridge restorations and the different options to fit your specific needs. Contemporary Dentistry is proud to offer high-quality dental restorations that can help improve the appearance and health of your smile. Contact our office in Gilbert, AZ to schedule your appointment.