Dental bridges use existing teeth to create a bridge to cross the area where your tooth is missing. Bridges can replace anywhere between 2 to 6 missing teeth. Edmond, OK dentist Dr. Bryan Bumpas installs dental bridges for patients with missing teeth and works with them to determine if a bridge fits their oral health needs. Before every treatment, he examines the teeth and gums and reviews patient history. Request a consultation at Prairie Dental Group online or call 405.282.6444 for restorative dental treatment.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
Patients who receive a dental bridge are offered many benefits. Dental bridges can:
- Fill in the gaps of your smile
- Properly chew and speak
- Maintain your face shape
- Evenly distribute the bite
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting
Dental Bridge Treatment
To begin treatment, we create abutments out of natural teeth where the bridge will be attached. The existing teeth are recontoured to provide a base for the bridge. After the abutments are created, we take dental impressions of teeth that are used to create a bridge. The bridge consists of two dental crowns on either end to place on the abutments and a pontic, which is the new tooth that replaces your missing tooth.
We will fit you with a temporary bridge while we wait for the lab to craft your permanent bridge. The temporary bridge protects the abutments and the exposed gum areas. When the permanent bridge has been created, you will have a follow-up visit to set the bridge. It will be placed on the abutments and the dentist will then use an adhesive to make sure that the bridge is set.
Eat soft foods for the first few days after having your bridge placed. After the initial phase, you will be able to eat whatever you want with no issues.
Dental Implants vs Dental Bridge: what to consider
When a single tooth is lost, the choice between these two options can be difficult to make. Dr. Bumpas will provide a thorough assessment of your overall oral health condition and discuss the benefits of each treatment option for your consideration. Most patients are candidates for dental implants and this is the most highly recommended option because of the key benefits they can offer for the longevity of your smile. Things to consider can include:
- Aesthetics: both bridges and dental implants will look and function like natural teeth, offering natural-looking aesthetics.
- Function and stability: permanently secured into the jaw, dental implants can offer a more stable result. A dental implant also reduce bone loss in the jaw which can change the shape of your lower chin.
- Length of treatment: a dental bridge can be placed in a few weeks while the implant process will require a healing period between phases of several months. During this time a temporary restoration is placed.
- Treatment cost: dental implants are typically more expensive up front, but most patients find that the longevity of the restoration and the fact that there is no need for daily adhesives outweighs the initial cost over time.
Dental Bridge FAQs
How long does a dental bridge last?
With proper oral hygiene and routine dental care, you can expect your new bridge to last for 10 years or more. Dental bridges can last even longer when anchored by dental implants.
What should I do if I have a broken or damaged bridge?
If your fixed bridge is broken, refrain from chewing on that side. Broken bridges can cause damage like cuts and cracks to your anchor teeth and gums. Call our office so we can repair or replace your dental bridge.
Are dental bridges covered by dental insurance?
A dental bridge is often covered in part by your dental insurance because it is a restorative dental service and necessary to maintain good oral health. We will work with you to determine your benefits and what your portion of the total cost will be.