Has tooth loss made it difficult to speak, chew, or feel confident? Dental bridges can replace one or more missing teeth.
At Living Life Dentistry in Knoxville, TN, we're happy to provide dental bridges that look indistinguishable from natural teeth.
Read on to discover how a dental bridge can address tooth loss.
How Do Dental Bridges Work?
Customized dental bridges can replace missing teeth that have been lost due to severe decay or physical damage. Dental bridges work by literally bridging the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
A dental bridge consists of one or more replacement teeth (pontics) that can fill a gap left by missing teeth.
Traditionally, the pontics are supported by two crowns placed on abutments — the two teeth on either side of the gap.
Implant-supported bridges are supported by dental implants, which are small titanium posts that your dentist places into your jaw to replace lost tooth roots. In this case, the crown is put on the implant instead of your natural tooth.
What Are Implant-Supported Bridges?
Instead of being supported by dental crowns over your natural teeth, this type of bridge is supported by implants, which are prosthetic tooth roots. While the treatment time takes longer than a traditional bridge placement procedure, there are several benefits of this option you should consider.
Dental implants do not require alteration of the abutments for dental crown placement. And placing implants can prevent the bone atrophy that otherwise follows tooth loss. Tooth roots provide stimulation to the jaw that signals to the body to retain bone tissue in the area; dental implants serve the same purpose.
Implant-supported bridges are also more sturdy than Maryland bridges (also known as flippers) and cantilever bridges (a bridge attached to only one tooth). You also don't have to worry about removing the restoration and cleaning it daily, like you do with a denture.
Dental implants can last you a lifetime, so your bridge is the only thing part of the restoration that you will eventually need to replace, making this a durable option that both looks and feels natural.
What Is the Process for Getting a Dental Bridge?
A traditional dental bridge procedure is completed in two appointments.
Candidacy for Dental Bridges
A good candidate for a traditional dental bridge has healthy gums free of disease and healthy surrounding teeth.
If you want an implant-supported bridge, you will need adequate bone tissue to support the implants and to be in overall good health.
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How Much Do Dental Bridges Cost?
The cost of your dental bridge will depend on many factors, including the dental insurance plan you have. Most dental insurances pay for a percentage of your dental bridge.
At our Knoxville, TN, dental practice, we believe in making quality dental care accessible, which is why we offer CareCredit® financing to those who do not carry dental insurance or need assistance budgeting for out-of-pocket expenses. We also accept cash and all major credit cards.
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