Losing one or a few of your teeth creates more than a problem with appearance — gaps in your smile may cause your remaining teeth to shift. This may lead to extra tension when you bite, pain when you chew, or even trouble speaking. A bridge improves the health and appearance of your smile by replacing missing teeth with a false tooth that is supported by either dental implants, your natural teeth, or both. At West Bridgewater Dental, our board-certified group of dentists offers custom-made bridges with high-quality materials to help give you back your smile. If you have missing teeth, schedule an appointment with our experienced team to learn about your treatment options with a custom bridge.
Missing teeth aren't simply an aesthetic issue — spaces in your smile may heavily impact the overall health of your mouth. Your teeth should be equally balanced and a gap may affect how well you can bite, chew, and function. Over time, these spaces may lead to the shifting of surrounding teeth, causing problems with your bite (underbite, crossbite, or overbite) and gum or jawbone atrophy. To place a bridge, the surrounding teeth must be healthy enough to hold the restoration with good density in the jawbone and gum tissue. Our dentists will examine your teeth, gums, and jaw at your consultation to help you select the best type of bridge (cantilever, traditional, resin bonded, Maryland bonded, or implant-retained) and material (ceramic, porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal, and metal).
What To Expect
Before beginning your bridge procedure, our doctors may numb the treatment area. Stronger sedation methods can be discussed if you have anxiety or trouble with a gag reflex to help keep you calm during the procedure. Once your supporting teeth are prepped, or dental implants placed, our team will take digital images and dental impressions of your mouth so your bridge can be created. A temporary bridge may be used while your custom restoration is crafted. As soon as your permanent bridge is ready, we'll cement it into position or attach it to dental implants based on the method selected during your consult. Our dentists will adjust the position of your bridge and your bite so that both are comfortable and stable.
Once your bridge is in place, you should have a noticeable improvement in the function and appearance of your teeth. You may schedule a follow-up appointment at West Bridgewater Dental to evaluate the fit if your bridge seems loose or uncomfortable after it's placed. A member of our team will teach you how to care for your restoration, including the ways to keep it clean and any foods to avoid. It's important to clean your bridge and mouth daily because decay can develop on the teeth supporting the bridge. When cared for properly, your custom bridge may last for several years. It's important to maintain appointments at West Bridgewater Dental for an annual dental examination and bi-annual cleanings. At your dental exams, our dentists will evaluate the wear and health of your custom bridge to decide if it should be replaced or repaired.
Restorations, like dental bridges, usually are covered in part by most dental insurance companies. A member of our team will contact your dental insurance to determine the amount of coverage your insurance will provide. West Bridgewater Dental offers several payment methods, including financing options, which we can discuss during your consultation. Our dentists can also help you choose the best type and material for your bridge to suit your budget and needs.
Plan Your Procedure
Dental Bridge Restorations
Even if you don't mind the way your smile looks with a gap, it may cause a larger concern if left untreated. Make an appointment with our highly skilled team to get more information about dental bridges and the options that best fit your unique needs. West Bridgewater Dental is pleased to offer custom dental bridges that can improve the health and appearance of your teeth. Contact our state-of-the-art practice today to schedule your consultation.