At Beacon Dental Group, oral health is essential to your overall well-being. We proudly offer comprehensive restorative dentistry services in Dorchester, including dental bridges. Our bridges look and feel natural and can last anywhere from five to fifteen years with the proper care! We invite you to be part of our family and experience the best in restorative dental care. Contact us today to book an appointment!
Overview of Dental Bridges
A dental bridge is an excellent choice when you have one or more missing teeth. It is a customized prosthetic that bridges the gap between one or more teeth, just like its name suggests. It feels very natural in your mouth and is designed to match the shape and size of your natural teeth, so others won’t even know it’s not real! This restoration typically consists of two crowns on either side of the gap with a false tooth (or pontic) suspended in between.
Depending on the patient’s needs, a bridge can be a fixed or removable appliance. Fixed bridges are secured by attaching them to your existing, healthy teeth, making them comfortable and strong. A removable bridge consists of the false teeth attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases supported by a metal framework running along the patient’s upper and lower arch of teeth. We can help you determine which type of bridge best suits your oral health goals.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges provide many beneficial options for patients looking to address issues related to missing teeth. Bridges help fill the gap created by a missing tooth. Filling the gap is done without any surgery, making it an ideal solution for those concerned about undergoing more invasive dental procedures. Dental bridges can restore your smile and help you chew, speak, and confidently smile. A bridge will also help prevent any remaining teeth from shifting into the gap created by a missing tooth, which can cause additional dental problems. Not only can bridge work maintain proper alignment of other teeth, but it can also prevent future health problems from developing due to a missing tooth. For example, missing a tooth can also make it challenging to maintain proper oral hygiene. The gap left behind by a tooth allows bacteria to accumulate, which can lead to decay and gum disease.
The Cost and Steps Involved With a Dental Bridge Placement
The cost of a dental bridge will depend on the type of recommended bridge and the materials used in the procedure. During your consultation, Dr. Cressida Joseph, Dr. Cuthbert Joseph, Dr. Jacqueline Jacobson, Dr. Danika Crabtree, or Dr. Jessica Liu will thoroughly evaluate your teeth to help you understand your treatment options. We can also provide accurate cost estimates during your consultation.
The placement procedure is relatively straightforward and can be completed quickly – usually in just two visits! Generally, a dental bridge can be placed in three steps. First, we will prepare the abutment teeth by removing a portion of the enamel and reshaping them to accommodate crowns. Then, we will take impressions of your teeth that we will use to create a customized bridge for you. Once your bridge is ready, we can carefully place it using special dental cement.
How Long Does a Dental Bridge Last?
Generally speaking, a dental bridge can serve you for many years if correctly cared for and maintained. Depending on the materials used and other factors, your dental bridge could last five to fifteen years or even more. During appointments with your dentist, they’ll evaluate your bridge’s condition and ensure it continues to meet your oral health needs. Remember that proper brushing and flossing are crucial to helping extend the life of your bridge and help keep your teeth healthy!
Quality Dental Bridges in Dorchester, MA
At Beacon Dental, our team of experienced dentists strives to provide you with the highest quality of care regarding your dental bridge placement. We use only the best materials and the latest dental technologies to ensure that your bridge meets your individual needs and provides you with lasting results. With proper care, our dental bridges can last for many years and help you restore your beautiful smile.
Beacon Dental Group takes the time to make sure our patients are fully aware of all their options. We ensure our patients receive the best care possible when considering dental bridges or any of our quality restorative options, including dental implants and crowns. Contact us today to get started!