It doesn’t matter whether a gap is located at the front of your smile for all to see or near the back of the mouth; a missing tooth is always bad news for your oral health. Leaving the gap empty could lead to dental drift and other complications that end up severely damaging your grin over time. Whether you need to replace a single tooth or several teeth in a row, it’s best to have the space filled in as soon as possible – and the high-quality dental bridges in Topeka that Dr. Michel offers can do just that. Call us today to schedule a consultation to learn more about dental bridges and how they can be used to restore your brilliant, healthy smile.
A dental bridge is made up of a number of prosthetic teeth. A pair of crowns hold a row of false teeth called pontics between them. The crowns will rest on natural teeth while the pontics are what will actually fill in the gap. Our bridges are made out of gorgeous tooth-colored materials that can be shaded and customized to match the surrounding teeth so perfectly that most people won’t ever realize that your dazzling smile is anything less than natural. Your dental bridge will also be specially designed depending on how many teeth are missing. If you’ve only lost one tooth, there will only be a single pontic between the crowns. If two or more teeth are gone, multiple pontics will be used.
During your first appointment, we’ll need to prepare the teeth that will support the bridge, also known as the abutment teeth. A small portion of enamel is removed so that a crown can be placed without making the teeth look unnaturally bulky. We’ll then take an impression of your teeth, which will be used by a dental lab to design the actual bridge. After a certain period of time, the bridge will be ready, and you’ll return to our office to have it placed.
Dental bridges have been used for generations to treat one or more lost teeth. Although they are tried and proven, it’s normal to have a few concerns before you’re ready to commit to the treatment. There’s no reason to worry because we’ll explain everything during your consultation. In the meantime, here are a few dental bridge FAQs in Topeka & Silver Lake to ease any apprehensions.
Whether you have lost a single tooth or more than one, it’s best to treat tooth loss quickly because it’s more than just an aesthetic problem. Your jawbone will slowly deteriorate with each tooth you lose. As much as 25% of your jaw’s density can be lost within just one year. Over time, your remaining teeth may not have the support they need to stay in place, increasing your risk of cavities, gum disease, and additional tooth loss. Replacing your missing teeth will preserve your natural smile and improve your oral health.
You have more options than ever to treat tooth loss. Your dentist will examine your mouth and learn more about your goals before explaining each possible treatment, which can include:
Your dentist will help you make the best decision for your smile, lifestyle, and budget.
There’s not a flat rate for a bridge because various factors affect the cost, such as the number of teeth being replaced, and the materials used. After examining your mouth, we will provide you with an estimate and explain the fees associated with your plan. We work with many leading dental insurances to use your benefits to offset the cost. Although every plan differs, your insurance can cover up to 80% of the cost after reaching your deductible. If there’s any remaining balance, we accept multiple payment options. Besides traditional payment methods, we also work with third-party financing. You can pay for your bridge using monthly installments to accommodate your budget.
A traditional bridge will last for 5 to 10 years before needing to be replaced, but it’s not unusual for them to last for much longer with the proper care, like maintaining your oral hygiene. An implant-supported bridge has the potential to last for a lifetime. You can promote the lifespan of your new smile by committing to your oral hygiene at home and visiting your dentist regularly.