Tooth bridges are a permanent, meaning non-removable, dental appliance that we use to replace a single or multiple missing teeth. At Dr. Mansell’s Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Scottsdale, AZ, we can provide you a flawless false tooth, restoring your function, improving your look, and halt the progress of your remaining teeth shifting with the use of a dental bridge.
How do dental bridges work?
Bridges work differently than partial dentures. Partials attach to teeth with metal clasps, bridges attach to teeth with the placement of two dental crowns. To create a bridge, we place two dental crowns to serve as anchors, the crowns are placed onto two healthy teeth or tooth implants, and between these anchors is the false tooth. This system gives patients a flawless look, no one will ever spot it. There are many options in dental bridge styles, Dr. Mansell will go over your options and help you decide which is best for you. The most common, traditional bridge is made from porcelain that has been fused to metal, giving it a strong base.
Dental Bridges are strong and highly durable. Most patients keep their dental bridges for many years when taken care of properly. Occasionally they may need to be re-cemented, Dr. Mansell will check your bridge during your yearly dental exams and can re-cement or make adjustments when needed.
Dental Bridge Costs
This is a common question that understandably patients inquire about. The answer is that costs vary. Costs will depend on the restoration work that needs to be done, the preparation work that needs to be done, and what your insurance will cover. Working with our front office team, along with Dr. Mansell, we can create a plan for you that will detail the costs, along with the amount your insurance will cover, and go over the costs with you. We want to help you get the work that you need. We have also created relationships with credit agencies, including Care Credit, that can help.
Do I need a Dental Bridge?
If you are missing one or more teeth, we would ask that you consider a dental bridge. There are many reasons we consider a bridge to be a good option for patients who are missing teeth. Some reasons include:
• It is better for your oral health to fill in the empty space of a missing tooth.
• A bridge can help you maintain your facial shape, missing teeth can give a sunken look to your facial shape.
• A bridge can help keep your neighboring teeth in place and prevent their shifting.
• A bridge can restore your chewing function, we do not want our patients to feel that they have to chew on the other side, avoiding the missing tooth.
• Dental bridges are an upgrade from the removable partial denture option, they are permanent, solid, and many patients forget they have one.
Dental Bridge Placement
In most cases, the process for placing a tooth bridge requires two office visits, more visits may be necessary depending on the restoration work needed.
The process begins with Dr. Mansell preparing the two anchor teeth. These teeth need to be prepared to allow for the placement of your new appliance. She will need to reduce and shape your two healthy teeth in order to receive dental crowns. This preparation is a permanent alteration to the two healthy teeth. For some patients, the anchors will not be teeth, but will be tooth implants, if that is the case, this process may take longer to allow for healing.
With the anchor teeth ready, Dr, Mansell will 3D scan to fabricate the new bridge. While waiting for your new bridge to be made, a temporary bridge will be worn, this will be for approximately two weeks. Once we receive your new bridge, we will contact you for an appointment. At the time of your fitting, Dr. Mansell will check your bridge for proper fit and make any necessary adjustments, she will then cement or bond your new dental bridge into place. This will be a strong hold and allow you to resume using your teeth as normal.
We will review any care instructions with you on how to care for your new dental bridge. Patients can brush and floss as normal. We will check the bond and status of your bridge during your regular dental visits, taking care of your bridge will aid in the longevity of its use.
Our front office staff is happy to answer your questions and assist you in scheduling an appointment. Contact our dentist, Dr. Mansell, at our Scottsdale, AZ 85250 office for more information. (480) 757-0007