A dental bridge is a way to replace missing teeth by using a fixed appliance. Dr. Brusky will discuss which option is best for you to help you achieve your smile goals.
The traditional bridge used to be the most popular option before the advent of implants. Nonetheless some patients simply can’t have an implant and therefore a fixed bridge is the next best option. It is made of porcelain fused to metal or can be completely metal free. This option can be made to closely resemble the natural teeth. The bridge consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth, and are then attached to artificial teeth, or pontics, to fill the gap created by the missing teeth.
Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years; however, they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear or decay on one of the abutments.
Reasons for a fixed bridge:
- Fill space of missing teeth.
- Maintain facial shape.
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
- Restore chewing and speaking ability.
- Restore your smile.
- Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a fixed, non-removable dental appliance.
What does getting a fixed bridge involve?
A bridge usually requires two or more visits. Your teeth will be numbed and then the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing just enough enamel to allow for a crown. If a tooth needs to be extracted, it will most likely be done at this first visit. A temporary bridge is made while healing of the socket takes place. Dr. Brusky likes to wait at least 3 months for this, since significant shrinkage of the gum and jaw bone can take place.
On the second visit, after further preparation if needed, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made. The impression is then sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. A new temporary bridge will be made and worn for about 2 more weeks until your next appointment.
At your final visit, your definitive (real) bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit.
You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanently cemented bridge.
How Much Do Porcelain Crowns Cost?
The cost of dental crowns varies depending on the materials used, among other factors. Talk to Dr. Brusky to get an accurate quote for dental crowns that may be used to improve your oral health. Dr. Brusky and his compassionate staff are dedicated to finding a porcelain crowns plan that suits you and your budget.
Patients in Shawano, Howard, De Pere, Pulaski, and Seymour who have decaying or discolored teeth are encouraged to call (920) 662-1440 or email Dr. Brusky’s Green Bay dental office today to schedule an initial appointment.