Here is useful information about dental bridges procedures in Colorado Springs at Schope Dental:
When it comes to choosing a cosmetic dentistry plan that works best for you, you and your dentist may consider the use of a dental bridge. A dental bridge is designed to bridge the gap left by one of more missing teeth. The false tooth or teeth of the bridge are called pontics and may be made from a number of materials, including porcelain, metal alloys, gold or a combination. The teeth on either side of the gap, called abutment teeth, serve as anchors for the bridge. Bridges can be attached to either natural teeth or implants.
What are the Types of Dental Bridges?
There are three basic types of dental bridge. In a traditional bridge, a crown is created for the tooth or implant on either side of the space, anchoring the pontic. These are usually made of ceramic or porcelain fused metal. Less common and only recommended for teeth in the far back of the mouth, cantilever bridges are used when only one tooth is available for use as an anchor. Maryland bonded bridges are supported by a metal or porcelain framework, rather than a crown, attached to existing teeth. Material to be used will be recommended by your dentist based on tooth location, function, cost and aesthetic appearance. Ceramic and porcelain pontics can be matched to the color of existing teeth.
Who is a Candidate for a Bridge?
A bridge may be recommended to patients missing one or more teeth, as caps left by missing teeth can eventually cause existing teeth to shift, causing conditions ranging from a bad bite to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder and gum disease. By covering a gap with a dental bridge you can restore a healthy bite for more efficient chewing, improve your smile and restore self-confidence caused by dental damage due to accident or injury.
How Is a Bridge Installed?
Your dentist will schedule at least two visits for your bridge. During the first appointment, you will get a local anesthetic and work will be done to prepare surrounding teeth for the bridge. After shaping is complete, your dentist will take a bite impression to serve as a mold for the bridge and then fit you with a temporary bridge and crowns to protect the surrounding teeth while the permanent bridge is being manufactured. At the second appointment the bridge will be affixed to the abutment teeth. You may possibly need an additional appointment or two to check on proper fit.
How Much Does a Bridge Cost?
Cost of a dental bridge varies depending on a number of factors: the type of bridge needed, materials chosen for the pontic and the region in which you’re having the work done. Normally, dental insurance will pay a portion of the preparation work and the bridge itself. Check with your carrier for an estimate.
How Long Do Bridges Last?
Bridges can last anywhere from five years to a lifetime; however, they have been known to become loose and fall out. If you have a bridge, it is very important to maintain good oral hygiene and keep surrounding teeth healthy. If teeth surrounding the bridge are damaged by decay or dental disease, the bridge itself can be compromised. Always brush twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste, floss daily and keep up a regular schedule of dental checkups and cleanings.
Is Bridge Installation Painful?
Having a bridge installed is not painful, and can save you from discomforts caused by missing teeth. When abutment teeth are being prepared during the first visit, you will have a local anesthesia as you would during a filling. Actual installation of the bridge is not painful and normally requires no anesthesia.
Do Dental Bridges Feel and Work Like Normal Teeth?
A properly fitted fixed bridge should enable you to smile, chew and eat as you would with normal teeth. However, if you grind or clench your teeth, it is important to have a night splint made and wear it regularly.
Learn if Dental Bridges Are Right for You
Be sure to contact board-certified and experienced Colorado Springs cosmetic dentist, Betty Jo Schope, DDS, to set up a cosmetic dentistry procedure today by calling 719-260-8089.