Missing teeth, whether one or several, can have an effect 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 look.
Repair your tooth damage with dental bridges in Lexington, KY today. Dr. Doyle Freano can replace missing teeth with a dental bridge and restore function and aesthetics to your smile. A dentist can either fix dental bridges permanently in place, or provide removable ones. Dr. Freano will custom-fit your dental restoration to ensure lasting comfort, durability, and a natural-looking fit.
About Dental Bridges
A dental bridge can replace one or several missing teeth. Traditional tooth bridges should be a treatment of last resort because they require healthy teeth on either side of the gap as support. The dentist cements a traditional bridge onto adjacent healthy teeth on either side of the gap in order to provide support for crowns or prosthetic teeth. They will fill in the space where one or more natural teeth are missing.
An anchor on either side of the gap supports the bridgework to hold the false tooth in place. You have the option to use your natural teeth or dental implants to support the bridge. When you choose to use natural teeth to support the bridgework, Dr. Freano will typically place a dental crown to provide additional support and stability. Dental bridges can consist of a variety of materials, including metal, porcelain, and gold alloys. The material is determined by the patient’s needs and the dentist’s preference.
The Dental Bridge Procedure
The dental bridge procedure is a way to replace missing teeth that you lost due to tooth decay, tooth extraction, or injury. The procedure involves replacing the missing teeth with artificial teeth that attach to natural teeth on either side.
A dental bridge can either be removable or fixed in place. A removable dental bridge is supported by dental crowns. Fixed bridges, or implant-supported bridges, use dental implants for support. Whenever possible, Dr. Freano will recommend a fixed dental bridge as a long-term option to replace a missing tooth or teeth.
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. Dr. Freano will use this exam to create a through treatment plan with the data he collects. Then, he will take a dental impression of your mouth. He will send the impression to a lab.
A dental laboratory will fabricate the dental bridge to Dr. Freano’s specifications and send it to us. 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 while we wait for the final prosthetic. In approximately 2 to 3 weeks from your initial visit, you will return to our Lexington, KY dental office for the placement of the final prosthetic.
Dr. Freano will make sure that your new bridge fits properly, is comfortable, and looks beautiful before you leave our office.
Dental Bridge FAQs
Read answers to frequently asked questions about bridges here.
How many teeth can be replaced with a bridge?
We can replace several teeth with a dental bridge. A traditional removable bridge can replace up to 2 missing teeth. A fixed implant-supported bridge can replace up to six missing teeth.
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 altogether.
How do I take care of my dental bridge?
You should brush and floss your dental bridge just like you do to your real teeth. Dr. Freano will show you a special technique to floss under and around artificial tooth or teeth. It is also important to visit the dentist at least twice a year for routine examinations.
Call Complete Dentistry For All Ages today for dental bridge treatment at 859-251-3809. You can also request a dental appointment online.