What Are Dental Bridges?
If one or more of your teeth are missing, you may be self-conscious about your appearance. More concerning than your appearance, though, gaps in your teeth may cause your remaining teeth to shift out of place. This can lead to more tension when biting, increased pain when you chew, or impairment of speech. A dental bridge improves the health and appearance of your smile by covering gaps with a false tooth supported by either dental implants, your natural teeth, or both. At Downtown Boston Dental, we offer dental bridges with top-quality materials that will help to give you back your beautiful smile. If you have gaps in your smile, please schedule a consultative appointment at our Boston, MA office to get more information about how dental bridges could help you.
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Can I Get A Dental Bridge?
Missing teeth is more than an aesthetic issue — gaps between the teeth can heavily impact the overall health of your mouth. Your mouth is carefully balanced and missing teeth may affect how well you can use it. Furthermore, a missing tooth can lead to teeth shifting, creating problems with your bite (overbite, underbite, crossbite) and atrophy of the gums and jawbone. In order to be able to place a bridge, your surrounding teeth must be strong enough to support the restoration, including sufficient jawbone density and gums. We will examine your teeth, gums, and jaw during your consultation to help you choose the best type of bridge (cantilever, traditional, resin bonded, or Maryland bonded) and material (ceramic, porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, and metal) for your needs.
Dental Bridge Process
To start your procedure, we will file down your teeth to prepare them for the bridge. From there, we will take digital images and dental impressions so your bridge can be created. A temporary bridge can be used while your custom one is being made. Once your dental bridge is ready, the needed areas of your mouth may be given local anesthesia to help you stay comfortable during the procedure. Other anesthesia or sedation methods can be used if you have dental anxieties or a gag reflex issue. Your custom bridge will either be cemented into place or attached to dental implants, depending on the method we chose during your consult. Lastly, we will adjust the position of your bridge so it is comfortable in your mouth and stable.
After Getting Your Dental Bridge
After your dental bridge has been inserted, you should have a noticeable improvement in the appearance and function of your teeth. You may need a follow-up visit at Downtown Boston Dental to adjust your bridge's fit if it feels uncomfortable in the first few weeks after placement. Someone from our team will show you how to care for your dental bridge, including the best way to clean it and any foods to avoid. It is important to clean your bridge and mouth frequently because cavities can still develop underneath the restoration. With proper care, your dental bridge can stay in place for several years. You need to continue to attend your regular appointments at Downtown Boston Dental for your annual dental exams and biannual cleanings. In your exams, we will evaluate the wear and health of your custom bridge to determine if it should be repaired or replaced.
Insurance Coverage for Dental Bridges
Typically, restorations like dental bridges are at least partially covered by most dental insurance companies. Our office will get in touch with your dental insurance company to determine your coverage and will let you know what to expect as far as out-of-pocket costs. We want to make getting your dental work as affordable as we can so Downtown Boston Dental offers several methods of payment, including medical financing, that can be discussed at your consultation. We will also help you select the best bridge material and type to suit your needs and budget.
Bridge the Gap
You may not be bothered by a gap in your mouth from a missing tooth; however, it can turn into bigger issues if it isn't fixed. Schedule a consultation at Downtown Boston Dental to get more information about bridge restorations and what options will fit your specific needs. We are pleased to offer custom dental restorations that can help improve the appearance and health of many Boston, MA men's and women's teeth. Contact our front office to make your appointment.