IN WARREN, NJ
Bridges are generally used to replace one or more missing teeth and "bridge" the gap where teeth are missing. Gaps from missing teeth can eventually cause the remaining teeth to shift or rotate which can result in a bad bite, gum disease or even TMJ disorders.
Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. Called abutments, these teeth serve as anchors for the bridge. Similar to crowns, porcelain or ceramic bridges are typically recommended since this material can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.
Your dentist at The Star Dental Group of Warren may recommend a bridge to:
Restore your smile
Enable you to properly chew and speak
Prevent remaining teeth from shifting or rotating
Maintain the shape of your face
Restore your teeth's proper bite
WHY YOU MAY
NEED A DENTAL BRIDGE
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When teeth are missing, a series of changes may begin to develop that can impact your overall dental health and jaw function. The adjacent teeth may start to drift or tilt into the space, and teeth in the opposing jaw may start to shift toward the area of the missing tooth. It is therefore important to replace either the single tooth or multiple teeth that are missing from this area. One of the best options to prevent the consequences of shifting teeth and to restore full function to a small edentulous (or lacking teeth) section in the mouth is a dental bridge.
BEFORE & AFTER
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After losing a tooth due to fracture, this provisional 3 unit bridge replacing the missing tooth was placed. Both of these photographs were taken on the same day. This patient immediately has full function while we await the healing and fabrication of the permanent porcelain bridge.
DENTAL BRIDGES FAQs
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Frequently asked questions
How does a bridge differ from a crown?
A dental crown can cap an individual's damaged or decaying tooth or be placed on top of a dental implant to replace a missing tooth. Bridges, on the other hand, replace multiple missing teeth and they utilize the use of crowns – one on either end. Replacement teeth bridge the gap that rest in the area of the gums where there is tooth loss.
What is the procedure for getting a dental bridge?
In order to make sure the crowns on the bridge fit properly, the teeth are reduced in size. Once the teeth are reduced, we will take an impression to provide an exact mold for the crowns needed for the bridge. We will then help you determine the correct shade to match the color of your existing teeth.
How do I take care of my new bridge?
A dental bridge is a long-term restoration that, if properly cared for, can serve you well for many years to come. Once your bridge is placed, it requires the same brushing, flossing, and periodic checkups as your natural teeth. If recommended by the doctor, clean underneath your dental bridge to avoid plaque buildup. Avoid biting your fingernails and chewing on hard or sticky objects such as ice, pencils, or taffy, which can damage or loosen your bridge. Remember, clenching and grinding your teeth puts excessive pressure on both natural teeth and dental restorations. Unless treated, this habit can compromise the longevity and integrity of your dental work.
How long does a bridge last?
How long a dental bridge lasts depends on various factors, including your level of oral care, diet, and oral habits. Dental bridges can last five to 15 years and even longer. With good oral hygiene and regular checkups, it is not unusual for the life span of a fixed bridge to be over 10 years.
How much does a dental bridge cost?
At the office of The Star Dental Group, we strive to provide the highest quality of care to address all your dental needs. Once we’ve had the opportunity to examine your smile, we can give you a clear picture of any dental issues that are present, along with a quote for how much treatment will be. The cost of a dental bridge can vary, depending on the type of bridge and its location. Our goals are to provide the highest quality of care and help patients begin treatment without additional financial stress or delay. We’re always happy to answer all your questions on dental insurance coverage, available financing, and payment plans.
Will dental insurance cover the cost of my bridge?
Coverage for bridges depends on your dental insurance plan. Today, many dental plans provide some level of coverage for dental bridges. At the office of The Star Dental Group in Warren, NJ we work with patients to optimize their dental benefits and get the care they need to maintain healthy and beautiful smiles.