If one or more of your teeth have fallen out, it is not just a problem with appearance — gaps in your teeth may cause your remaining teeth to shift. This may lead to extra tension when you bite, pain when you chew, or even trouble speaking. A traditional bridge or implant-retained bridge improves the health and appearance of your smile by filling in the gaps using an implant, your natural teeth, or both.
A traditional bridge is commonly used if you are missing one tooth. If you’re missing two or three teeth consecutively, an implant-retained bridge is a more secure procedure. This is designed to blend in with your teeth and keep your bite even. An implant-retained bridge is beneficial because it stabilizes the teeth and jawbone, and when cared for properly, can last a lifetime. At Buford Family Dentistry in Buford, GA, our practitioners offer custom-made bridges with high-quality materials to help give you back your smile. If you have a missing tooth or teeth, schedule an appointment to learn about your treatment options with a custom bridge.
Missing teeth are not just an appearance problem — spaces in your smile may heavily impact your oral health. In time, gaps may lead to the shifting of your teeth, causing issues with your bite (underbite, crossbite, overbite) and gum or jawbone atrophy. To place a bridge, the surrounding teeth must be healthy enough to hold the restoration, with good density in the jawbone and gum tissue. Our experienced practitioners will examine your teeth, gums, and jaw at your consultation to help you select the best type of bridge (cantilever, traditional, resin bonded, or Maryland bonded) and material (ceramic, porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, and metal).
What To Expect
Once your supporting teeth are prepped, we will take digital images and dental impressions so your bridge can be created. A temporary bridge may be used while your custom one is crafted. As soon as your restoration is ready, your mouth may be prepped with a numbing agent. Stronger sedation methods can be discussed for anxiety or if you have a strong gag reflex to help keep you calm during the placement. Your dental bridge can be glued into its position or connected to implants, based on the method your general dentist selected at your consult. Our staff will adjust the position of your bridge so it is comfortable and stable.
Once your bridge is in place, you should have a noticeable improvement in the function and appearance of your teeth. You may schedule a follow-up appointment at Buford Family Dentistry to improve your bridge's fit if it seems loose or uncomfortable after it is placed. A practitioner or a dental assistant will teach you how to care for your restoration, including the ways to keep it clean and whether or not you need to avoid any foods. It's important to regularly clean your bridge and mouth because decay can develop under the bridge. If you properly care for it, your custom bridge may stay in place for several years. You need to continue to attend appointments at Buford Family Dentistry to get an annual dental examination and bi-annual cleanings. At your dental exam, our staff can evaluate the wear and health of your custom bridge to decide if it should be replaced or repaired.
Restorations like dental bridges are usually covered, partially, by most dental insurance companies. A member of our team will contact your dental insurance to determine how much your insurance will pay. Buford Family Dentistry offers several payment methods, including financing options, that may be talked about at your consult. We can also help you choose the best type and material for your bridge to suit your budget and needs.
Dental Bridge Restorations
Even if you don't mind the way your smile looks with a gap, this may turn into a much bigger issue if it isn't fixed right away. Whether you need a traditional bridge or implant-retained bridge, schedule an appointment with Buford Family Dentistry to get more information about what options will fit your unique needs. Buford Family Dentistry is pleased to offer custom dental bridges that can improve the health and appearance of your teeth. Contact our front office in Buford, GA to schedule your consultation.