Dental Bridges Explained

granddaughter checks out her grandmother's new dental bridge

You’ve probably heard of dentures and dental implants, but have you heard of dental bridges? Like dentures and implants, dental bridges are a restorative treatment option for missing teeth. If you’re living with missing teeth, don’t waste another day without learning about the benefits a dental bridge could deliver for your smile!

What Are Dental Bridges?

A dental bridge replaces your missing teeth. It is a prosthesis with crowns on either end and replacement teeth in the middle. To hold the bridge in place, Dr. Giovannini either attaches the crowns to your natural teeth or to dental implants. Bridges that attach to your natural teeth are “traditional bridges”, while bridges that attach to implants are “implant-supported bridges.”

When Are Dental Bridges the Right Treatment?

Dental bridges restore both the appearance and function of your missing natural teeth. Once placed, dental bridges allow our patients to eat, talk, and smile naturally. They help maintain facial shape and bite alignment. Dental bridges can also prevent your remaining natural teeth from shifting out of alignment.

How Many Appointments Does It Take to Place a Dental Bridge?

Getting a dental bridge is usually a multi-step process. First, our team may remove a small amount of enamel from your supporting natural teeth. Then, we’ll take impressions of your teeth and mouth in order to custom-create your new bridge. We’ll fit you with a temporary dental bridge while we create your permanent replacement. Finally, when your permanent bridge is ready, we’ll place it and ensure it looks and feels natural.

Are Dental Bridges Expensive?

The cost of dental bridges varies based on each patient’s individual needs. During your consultation with Dr. Giovannini, he will consider your oral health history and your goals for your smile to come up with the optimal dental bridge treatment. Our financial team can work with you to ensure that a dental bridge fits into your budget. To learn more about dental bridges or to schedule a consultation, call our office today!

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