Missing teeth or non-viable teeth can be repaired utilizing a dental bridge. Dental bridges literally ‘bridge the gap’ by utilizing crowns over surrounding teeth or implants as a foundation/anchor and a false tooth/teeth (called a pontic) in between. It flawlessly replicates the form and function of original teeth.
The false tooth is comprised of porcelain, a durable material that mimics natural, organic tooth enamel with glass-like whiteness and translucence.
- Restore your smile
- Restore the ability to properly chew and speak
- Maintain the shape of your face
- Distribute the forces in your bite properly
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
There is a multi-step process for receiving a bridge:
The abutment teeth are prepared. They will be re-contoured to allow space for crowns to be placed over top. Impressions of the teeth are made. A model is formed from which the bridge, pontic (false tooth), and crowns will be fabricated by a lab. A temporary bridge is placed to protect your teeth and gums while the permanent bridge is being made.
Your temporary bridge is removed and the permanent bridge is adjusted as necessary for proper fit. It is then temporarily seated with cement for a few weeks to ensure proper fit. After that trial period, it is permanently cemented into place.
Dental insurance typically pays a percentage of the fee for a bridge, depending on your individual dental plan. Total cost may vary, depending on the type of bridge selected. They can last five to 15 years or longer with good oral hygiene and regular checkups, providing the longevity, durability, and esthetic you desire.
There are various different procedures in addition to bridges for replacing missing or damaged teeth. Scheduling a consultation with Dr. Arhiri is the first step toward determining the best course of treatment for you.