Missing teeth, whether one or several, can have an affect on overall dental health. It can cause changes in both appearance and the balance of your bite. Missing teeth can lead to shrinkage of the jaw bone and allow remaining teeth to shift, changing your bite, and often causing a more aged appearance.
Dr. Freano can replace missing teeth with a dental bridge and restore function and aesthetics to your smile. Dental bridges can be either fixed or removable and Dr. Freano will custom fit your appliance to ensure lasting comfort.
About Dental Bridges
A dental bridge is used to replace one or several missing teeth. The bridgework is supported by an anchor on either side of the gap to hold the false tooth in place.
A bridge can be supported by natural teeth or dental implants. When the natural teeth are used to support the bridgework, a dental crown is typically placed to provide additional support and stability.
Dental Bridge Procedure
Dr. Freano will work with patients to create a treatment plan that is specific to their specific needs, dental health and cosmetic goals. The process begins with a comprehensive evaluation to examine the health of the teeth, gums, jaw joints and other support structures.
A dental bridge can either be removable or fixed. Whenever possible, Dr. Freano will recommend a fixed dental bridge as a long term solution for a missing tooth or teeth. The dental bridge can either be supported by dental crowns and/or dental implants. The dentist will prepare any teeth as needed to ensure a solid foundation for the dental bridge.
The dental bridge will be fabricated in a dental laboratory to Dr. Freano’s specifications. Dr. Freano works with several high quality dental labs located in the U.S. You may have a temporary bridge to wear in the intermediate time period. In approximately 2 to 3 weeks from your initial visit, you will return to our Lexington, KY dentist office for the placement of the final restoration.
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. Dr. Freano works with nearly all dental insurance providers and will file necessary billing and paperwork on your behalf.
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 Dr. Freano 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. Freano 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.