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Dental Bridges

Smile with Confidence Again - A Dental Bridge for Lasting Results

Are you missing a couple of teeth at the back of your mouth? If so, then a dental bridge is the appropriate solution for your beautiful smile.

So, what exactly is a dental bridge and from where can I get the treatment for the same?

Dental bridges are dental restorations used to bridge gaps between remaining teeth when teeth are missing. The procedure consists of placing dental crowns on adjacent healthy teeth to support a false tooth or teeth, called pontics.

A dental bridge can be either fixed or removable, depending on the situation. After the treatment of dental bridge, the patients are able to chew, speak, and smile normally. 

If you want a Dental Bridge solution that will last for years, visit Middletown Dental Care in Delaware. Dentistry with all the latest amenities and equipment can restore and replace missing teeth. 

Before replacing the teeth, the dentist needs to prepare the adjacent teeth by removing a small amount of enamel. This is to make space for dental crowns. As part of the procedure, impressions of your teeth will be taken to create a custom-made bridge that fits your mouth perfectly. During this time, a temporary bridge will be provided to wear. Once the final bridge is ready, the dentist will remove the temporary bridge and bond the permanent bridge in place using dental cement.

Dental bridges are designed to look and feel like natural teeth. They are custom-made to match the shape, size and color of the surrounding teeth, so they blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile.

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Benefits of Dental Bridge

Dental Bridges have several benefits, including that they can restore the ability to chew and speak properly. It can also improve your smile's appearance, prevent adjacent teeth from shifting, and maintain your natural face shape.

  • Improves Aesthetics: A dental bridge can fill in the gaps left by missing teeth, giving your smile a more natural, attractive appearance. 
  • Prevents Shifting: When a tooth is missing, the adjacent teeth may shift or tilt into the gap. A dental bridge can help keep them in place and prevent further shifting. 

  • Easier to Eat: Dental bridges provide support to the surrounding teeth and help restore chewing and biting functions. 

  • Improves Speech: Missing teeth can affect your ability to speak clearly. A dental bridge can help restore your speech. 

  • Improves Oral Health: Dental bridges help keep your teeth aligned and can prevent future problems such as gum disease and further tooth decay. 

  • Long-Lasting: With proper care, a dental bridge can last for many years.

How long does the process usually take?

The timeline can vary depending on the complexity of your case and the type of bridge we're using. However, it typically takes a few weeks to fabricate the bridge after taking impressions. During that time, we can provide you with a temporary bridge to wear so that you can continue to eat and speak comfortably.

How long does the actual bridge placement take?

At Middletown Dental Care in Delaware, the dental bridge placement usually takes one or two appointments. At the first appointment, we'll prepare the adjacent teeth by removing a small amount of enamel. This will create space for the dental crowns that support the bridge. We'll also take another set of impressions to ensure the bridge fits properly. At the second appointment, we'll bond the permanent bridge in place using oral cement.

Different types of Dental Bridges

  • Traditional Bridge: Traditional bridges are the most common dental bridge. It typically consists of one or more pontics (artificial teeth) held in place by two dental crowns. 
  • Cantilever Bridge: A cantilever bridge is similar to a traditional bridge, but it only uses one dental crown on one side of the pontic. 
  • Maryland Bridge: A Maryland bridge is a dental bridge made from a single piece of porcelain or plastic. It is attached to adjacent teeth with a metal framework and small wings. 
  • Implant-supported Bridge: An implant-supported bridge is a dental bridge attached to implants instead of natural teeth. It is a more stable and durable bridge than traditional or cantilever bridges. 
  • Resin-Bonded Bridge: A resin-bonded bridge is a type of bridge held in place by dental resin. It is typically used to replace one or two missing teeth and is an affordable alternative to traditional bridges.

Are there any downsides or risks in placing a dental bridge?

Like any dental procedure, there are some considerations. The adjacent teeth need to be prepared and crowned, which involves removing some enamel, and there may be a risk of sensitivity or damage to those teeth. Additionally, dental bridges are not as durable as natural teeth or dental implants and may need to be replaced or repaired over time. There are some risks and downsides associated with placing a dental bridge, including:

  • Gum irritation and inflammation caused by the bridge 
  • Tooth decay around the bridge due to buildup of plaque 
  • Risk of nerve damage if the bridge is placed too deep 
  • Increased risk of infection due to the bridge 
  • Increased risk of gum disease due to plaque buildup 
  • Possible shifting of the bridge due to everyday wear and tear 
  • Difficulty eating and speaking due to the bridge 
  • Cost of the bridge and any necessary maintenance or repairs

Aftercare and Maintenance required in Dental Bridge

Maintaining excellent oral hygiene is imperative to maintaining the health of your dental bridge and the surrounding teeth and gums. You'll need to brush and floss regularly, paying extra attention to the bridge area. We may also recommend mouthwash or antibacterial rinses to keep your mouth clean and fresh. Regular dental check-ups will allow us to monitor your bridge's condition and make any necessary adjustments or repairs. Needs to avoid biting the hard or sticky foods that could potentially damage the bridge. Regular dental check-ups will also be important to monitor the condition of the bridge and make any necessary adjustments or repairs. 

How Much Does a Dental Bridge Cost?

The cost of a dental bridge can vary depending on factors such as the type of bridge, materials used, and the location of the dentist's practice. It's most beneficial to come in for an examination so that we can provide you with a personalized treatment plan. We can also discuss the cost in detail. It's imperative to note that dental bridge costs can vary significantly depending on different factors. It's advisable to consult with a qualified dentist for an accurate estimate based on your specific needs and location. It's also worth checking with your dental insurance, which might cover dental bridges. However, coverage and reimbursement amounts vary depending on your insurance plan. It's recommended to check with your dental insurance provider to understand your coverage and potential out-of-pocket expenses.

In conclusion, the cost of a dental bridge depends on several factors, including the material, number of teeth being replaced, location, the dentist's experience, and additional procedures. It's wise to consult with a dentist for a personalized estimate and discuss payment options, including dental insurance coverage. This will enable you to make an informed decision. 

Consult our experienced dentists at Middletown Dental Care and receive the best price for your dental bridge.

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Testimonials

Dr. Christian and staff are all top notch. Professional, friendly, courteous. Dentist and hygienists are all Great with kids and the receptionist is very kind. They work with you to fit your schedule. Nice small family practice. My kids and I have been patients for 10+ years.

Robin J.

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