Dental Bridges Overview
If one or several of your teeth have fallen out, it is not just a cosmetic problem — gaps in your teeth may cause your remaining teeth to move out of position. This can lead to unnecessary tension in your bite, pain when you chew, or even difficulty speaking. A bridge improves the health and appearance of your smile by filling in gaps using a false tooth (or teeth) that is supported by either crowns, dental implants, or both. At Finest City Dental in San Diego, CA, general dentist Dr. Nick Dovey offers bridges custom made with high-quality materials to give you back your smile. If you have one or more missing teeth, schedule an appointment with Dr. Dovey to get more information about your treatment options with a dental bridge.
Best Candidates for Dental Bridges
Missing teeth are not just an aesthetic problem. These gaps in your smile can heavily impact your oral health. Your mouth is designed to be carefully balanced, and missing teeth may affect its overall function and harmony. With time, gaps may lead to the shifting of teeth, which will cause problems with your bite (overbite, underbite, crossbite) or gum/jawbone atrophy. To place a bridge, the surrounding teeth must be healthy enough to hold the restoration. This means that good density must be present in the jawbone and gum tissue. Dr. Dovey will examine your 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).
What To Expect with Dental Bridges
Once your supporting teeth are filed down in preparation, Dr. Dovey will take digital images and dental impressions so your bridge can be created. A temporary bridge may be used while your custom one is being crafted. As soon as your dental bridge is ready, your mouth may be given local anesthesia. Stronger sedation methods can be discussed if you have fears, anxieties, or trouble with a gag reflex to help keep you calm during the placement. Your custom bridge will be glued into its position or connected to implants, depending on the method you and Dr. Dovey decided on during your initial appointment. Dr. Dovey will adjust the position of your bridge so it fits comfortably and is stable.
Dental Bridges Follow-Up
After your bridge is put in place, you should observe a noticeable improvement in your teeth's function and appearance. You may schedule a follow-up appointment at Finest City Dental to adjust your bridge's fit if it feels loose after it is placed. Dr. Dovey or an assistant on his team will teach you how to care for your dental bridge, including the ways to keep it clean and what foods to avoid. It's important to frequently clean your bridge and mouth because decay can develop under the bridge over time. If you properly care for it, your dental bridge may stay in place for several years. You need to continue to schedule your appointments at Finest City Dental to attend your annual dental examinations and twice-yearly cleanings. In your examination, Dr. Dovey can assess the health and fit of your dental bridge. If your restoration needs to be replaced or repaired, he will let you know.
Dental Bridges Insurance Coverage
Bridges and other dental restorations are generally covered in part by dental insurance companies. Our office will talk to your dental insurance provider to figure out your out-of-pocket expenses. Finest City Dental offers several methods of payment, including financing options, that can be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Dovey. He will help you choose the best bridge material and type to suit your budget and needs.
Dental Bridge Restorations
Even if you don't mind the way your smile looks with a gap, it could easily turn into a more expensive problem later if you don't get it fixed. Make an appointment with general dentist Dr. Dovey to get more information about bridge restorations and the options that match your unique needs. Finest City Dental is pleased to offer custom dental bridges that can improve the health and appearance of your mouth. Contact our team in San Diego, CA to schedule your consultation.