Dental bridges are often used to replace a missing tooth. These areas, if left unchecked, can become vulnerable to diseases and decay. A dental bridge can improve the look of your smile, and has the added benefit of supporting the structure of the surrounding teeth and preventing those teeth from becoming loose or falling out.
Dental bridges can be made out of several different long-lasting materials, but the most common material used is porcelain, due to its natural look and durability. Once a porcelain bridge is placed and polished, most patients find that people are not able to tell the difference between the bridge and their natural teeth!
At Platt Family Dentistry, we offer a wide range of services, from cosmetic to restorative dentistry. From Dayton, to across the country and internationally, we welcome all patients to experience outstanding customer service and tailored treatment plans. If you are scheduled for dental bridges, or if you would like to ask our staff any questions about this procedure or schedule an appointment, please contact us today.
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The Dental Bridges Process
For many patients, the dental bridge procedure can be taken care of in just a few appointments, depending on the severity of the issue. The initial consultation will give the dentist a chance to prepare the teeth on both sides of your gap. Your dentist will contour and shape these teeth in order to prepare them for the dental bridge placement. Your dentist will also take a mold of the area so the bridge can be custom-made by technicians in a lab. You may be given a temporary bridge to wear while your permanent one is being made.
Within the next week or two, your bridge will be ready and you will return to the office to have it placed. Once fitted, your bridge will be checked to ensure it is the correct size, texture, shape, and color. Your dentist will confirm that you are happy with the look and feel of the dental bridge before he or she cements it into place.
Some Benefits of Dental Bridges
In addition to providing comfort and confidence, dental bridges also have the following benefits:
- Reduced need for cleaning and maintenance
- Increased comfort while chewing
- More desirable appearance
- Improved oral health
- Less pain and/or jaw problems
Caring for Your Mouth After Dental Bridges
Following your dental bridges procedure, it will not be necessary to make any significant changes to your overall dental maintenance or make any dramatic changes to your diet, but to maintain the longevity of your procedure and help assure you will not need additional oral health maintenance in the near future, it is important to practice good oral hygiene habits.
By following these best practices, you will be taking an important step to ensuring that you maintain a strong and healthy smile.
- Brush and floss at least twice daily. When you do brush your teeth, be sure to do so for at least two minutes. Many people do not spend enough time brushing, or attending to cleaning other areas of the mouth, such as the tongue. If you happen to have an aversion to flossing, talk to your dentist about flossing alternatives, such as interdental brushes or flossing picks.
- Be mindful of your diet. To maintain healthy teeth and gums, avoid eating foods high in start or drinking sugary liquids. If you do consume sugar liquids, use a straw to limit the amount of sugar that is exposed to your teeth. It is also best practice to drink water after every meal and swish water to remove deposits of food.
Schedule visits every six months or more for those with periodontal issues. Besides practicing good oral hygiene habits and being mindful of your diet, the best thing you can do to preserve and improve your oral health is to visit your dentist or periodontist every six months. Doing so allows your dentist to perform a deep cleaning with specialty tools, monitor the status of any procedures you have had performed, and perhaps most importantly, address potential issues before they develop.
Cost of Dental Bridges
The final cost of your procedure will be determined by a variety of factors, such as the severity of your case and what type of dental plan you are currently enrolled in. Our office does accept cash, most major credit cards, money orders, and personal checks.
If you have concerns about the extent of care required and would like to discuss alternate financial arrangements, please feel free to contact our office to discuss CareCredit. CareCredit helps patients pay for procedures and treatments that are not covered by insurance by offering low minimum monthly payments and No Interest* financing so you can get what you want, when you want it. Applying for Care Credit only takes three simple steps and can provide instant approval.
If you have any additional questions regarding payments, dental insurance coverage, or available financial options, please contact our office and we will be happy to help.
For Beautiful, Healthy Smiles, Contact Us Today!
At Platinum Dentistry, we believe a healthy smile is a beautiful smile, which is why we provide an array of dental treatments to cater to health as well as aesthetics. Our practice utilizes world-class labs that create customized restorations to restore the structure and beauty of your teeth. We take the time to explain and educate our patients about the importance of health care and answer any questions you may have about treatment so you can make the best decision for your smile.
With our attention-to-detail for providing high aesthetic results to restoring the health of patients’ teeth and gums, at Platinum Dentistry you are in experienced hands. Take your first step towards a beautiful, healthy smile today and schedule an appointment by contacting our office by phone at 937.293.3402 or fill out our online form.