The prompt and effective replacement of missing teeth is important to avoid complex dental problems and to maintain a good quality of life each day. Missing teeth not only cause embarrassment and discomfort, they can lead to premature aging in the face due to bone loss in the jaw, and have an impact on everyday functions such as eating and speaking.
About Dental Bridges
A dental bridge is a prosthetic tooth (or teeth) that can be either removable or fixed, and is supported on either side by a dental crown or dental implant. A fixed bridge is often recommended by Drs. Monroe because of the ease in maintenance and general improvement it provides for overall oral health.
Dental bridges are supported by either a dental implant, or a natural tooth that has been strengthened with a dental crown. A dental bridge can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials, depending on your oral health needs and cosmetic goals.
Dental Bridge Process
Drs. Monroe will perform a thorough evaluation of your dental health to determine if a dental bridge is the best option for you.
The first step will be to perform any necessary extractions, prepare the adjacent teeth or begin the dental implant process for supporting the bridge. Drs. Monroe will take impressions to serve as guidance for creating a natural looking and fitting dental bridge, which is fabricated in a dental laboratory. A temporary appliance may be put in place to restore function while your permanent restoration is being made.
Drs. Monroe will make any necessary adjustments to ensure a snug, comfortable fit and permanently attach the new dental bridge. Your new smile will last for many years with good oral hygiene and regular preventive care visits where Drs. Monroe can monitor for any damage or changes to your dental health that may compromise your debtal bridge.
Dental Bridge FAQs
How much does a dental bridge cost?
The cost of a dental bridge will depend on the number and location of the missing teeth as well as the type of bridge and materials chosen. Pinehurst dentists Drs.Monroe works with nearly all dental insurance providers and will file necessary billing and paperwork on your behalf. Additionally, we offer financing through Care Credit.
Can you repair broken bridgework?
Although dental bridges are built to last a long time, problems can still arise. If you have a dental bridge that has chipped, broken, or come loose, you should contact our Pinehurst dentist office right away. Depending on the extent of damage, we may be able to cement the bridge or replace it all together.
How do I take care of my dental bridge?
A dental bridge should be brushed and flossed just like natural teeth. Drs. Monroe will show you a special technique to floss under and around the artificial tooth or teeth. It is also important to visit the dentist at least twice a year for routine examinations.