Greeley dentist Dr. Melvin Benson offers several options for the replacement of missing teeth, including dental bridges. A dental bridge can be used to replace one or more missing teeth and may be either fixed or removable. Dr. Benson will perform a thorough evaluation of your oral health before determining if a dental bridge is right for you.
Dental Bridges Overview
Dentists have traditionally used a dental bridge to replace one or two missing teeth. A dental bridge functions on the same principles as any other bridge: two crowns are placed on the teeth that reside on either side of the missing tooth. These “abutments” hold a full artificial tooth between them.
Dental Bridges vs Dental Implants
If you have missing teeth, you are probably choosing between dental implants or a dental bridge. Dr. Benson offers both options for replacing missing teeth and can help you determine which is best for you. When appropriate, Dr. Benson may recommend using dental implants to secure a dental bridge. Dental implants not only provide a permanent solution to lost teeth, but improve overall dental health by reducing bone loss in the jaw.
About the Dental Bridge Procedure
The dental bridge process involves two visits with Dr. Benson in his Greeley dentist office. During the initial visit, Dr. Benson will prepare the enamel on the abutment teeth. Afterward, he will take impressions of the abutment teeth as well as measurements of the surrounding structures. These impressions will guide the lab technician as he creates your custom-fitted bridge. Before leaving the office, Dr. Benson will place a temporary bridge to protect the abutment teeth and maintain spacing. At the second visit Dr. Benson will remove the temporary bridge and check the fit of the permanent bridge. If the fit is not perfect, he may need to make adjustments. Once assured of an ideal fit, Dr. Benson will bond the bridge permanently into place.
Same Day Dentistry with E4D
Whenever possible, Dr. Benson offers the option of same day dental restorations using E4D digital technology. High quality restorations can be custom designed, milled and placed in a single visit.
Dental Bridge FAQs
How much does a dental bridge cost?
The cost of a dental bridge will depend on the number and location of the missing teeth as well as the type of bridge and materials chosen. Integrated Dental Arts works with most dental insurance providers and will handle all necessary billing and paperwork. Additionally, we offer financing through CareCredit for patients who are concerned about cost.
Can you repair broken bridgework?
Although dental bridges are built to last a long time, problems can still arise. If you have a dental bridge that has chipped, broken, or come loose, you should contact our Greeley dentist office right away. Depending on the extent of damage, we may be able to cement the bridge or replace it all together.
How do I take care of my dental bridge?
A dental bridge should be brushed and flossed just like natural teeth. Dr. Benson will show you a special technique to floss under and around the artificial tooth or teeth. It is also important to visit the dentist at least twice a year for routine examinations.
Why does my dental bridge hurt?
The most common issue that arises when a patient experiences pain near the bridge is tooth decay. A dental bridge can fail when the abutment teeth (teeth that a fixed bridge is attached to) have developed cracks or cavities. Your dentist will have to remove the bridge and treat the cavities and tooth pain. This may compromise the bridge and require a new bridge to be made.