What Is a Dental Bridge?
When one or more teeth are lost, the resulting gap impacts more than just your smile. Gaps left between teeth can affect your ability to eat and speak comfortably, smile with confidence, and may even cause other teeth to shift out of place. A dental bridge is a tooth replacement option provided by Cranston Dental Group that can improve the appearance and health of your smile by filling spaces left by missing teeth. Bridges contain two or more crowns fused together, the ends of which are supported by adjacent teeth or dental implants, while the middle portion serves as a false tooth. Our talented practitioners are pleased to offer bridges custom-made from high-quality materials that can give you back your smile. If you have missing teeth and are looking for tooth replacement options in Cranston or Warwick, RI, please schedule a visit with our team to learn about custom bridges.
"There is no one I would trust with the dental needs of my teeth and my children’s’, other than Cranston dental group and specifically, our hygienist Chontelle. She is accommodating, professional and knowledgeable. She thoroughly explains everything and makes us all feel comfortable, in what is often an intimidating atmosphere. My daughters actually look forward to visiting her and having their teeth cleaned. You won’t find a better practice!"- S.P. / Google / Sep 29, 2021
"Dr. M and the whole staff are terrific!!!"- T.G. / Google / Sep 28, 2021
"Great first time experience. My dental hygienist was very sweet, had great bedside manners. I came in for a regular check up/cleaning, and a consultation. The dentist who did my consultation was also very nice and informed me about my treatment plan. I would recommend them to my friends and family."- L.C. / Google / Sep 24, 2021
"My appointment was at 11 am for a cleaning. Hygienist (Mary) greeted me right on time. She was very friendly and showed concern for the health of my teeth by asking a series of questions. The cleaning was very thorough and complete. Very pleased with the entire experience. Larry K."- L.K. / Google / Sep 22, 2021
"You can't find a better team! I am very nervous at the dentist and they know exactly how to make me comfortable. I have alot of work that has been done and needs to be done and I feel so much better!"- A.P. / Google / Sep 10, 2021
Is a Bridge Ideal for Your Smile?
Replacing missing or non-restorable teeth as soon as possible generally offers the best possible results for your smile. Even one missing tooth may affect your ability to bite and chew, eat nutritious foods, or communicate effectively. Over time, your surrounding teeth can begin to move into spaces left by tooth loss, creating problems with your bite and potentially even the shape of your face. While a dental bridge can help maintain proper oral function and appearance, it does require the surrounding teeth, gums, and jawbone to be strong enough to support the restoration. We will assess your gums and jaw at your consultation to help you decide if a traditional, cantilever, Maryland bonded, or implant-retained bridge is an ideal option for you.
What Is the Treatment Process?
Bridge restorations are typically placed in two office visits. At your first appointment, our team will numb the treatment area and prepare the support teeth by removing some of the enamel. In certain cases, dental implants may be surgically placed in the jaw to support a bridge. An impression of the prepared teeth or implants will be taken and sent to our lab for custom bridge fabrication. To maintain function and appearance during this time, we will place a temporary bridge. About 1 – 2 weeks later, when your final bridge is ready, we will have you return to our office so our team can remove your temporary and bond your bridge in place to the support teeth or dental implants. Any necessary adjustments to the fit can be made to ensure comfort in your bite.
Caring for Your Tooth Replacement
Once your bridge is in place, you should notice an improvement in both appearance and function. Our team will show you how to care for your dental bridge, including how to floss under and around your new restoration. It is important to keep your bridge and mouth in good health, as tooth decay can still develop on the teeth supporting your bridge. If you properly care for it, your custom bridge may last for several years. During your routine preventive care visits at Cranston Dental Group, our practitioners will continually monitor the condition of your tooth replacement.
Insurance Coverage for Bridges
Tooth replacement with restorations like dental bridges may be covered in part by dental insurance. Before getting started, our office will review your plan's benefits and calculate any out-of-pocket expenses. Cranston Dental Group offers several methods of payment and can help you apply for special financing to make replacing damaged or missing teeth even more convenient and affordable for your family.
Tooth Replacement With Dental Bridge
Even losing one tooth can affect oral health and appearance in multiple ways if left unreplaced. Our skilled team is pleased to offer traditional and implant-retained bridges to meet the unique tooth replacement needs of Cranston and Warwick, RI patients. To learn about your options for tooth replacement with a custom dental bridge, please schedule a consultation visit at Cranston Dental Group today.