Restore Your Smile at Alpine Dental Health
Let’s get you smiling again!
At Alpine Dental Health, our goal is to keep you happy — even if a dental bridge is on the menu.
Getting a dental bridge procedure should be a smooth process. Here’s a little information about the procedure, why you might need one, and what to expect. If you have any questions or concerns not listed here, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a standard dental restoration option that replaces one or more missing teeth using artificial or false teeth in a row.
Essentially this procedure works to close the gap in a patient’s mouth caused by tooth loss from factors such as decay or tooth trauma. A traditional bridge is held in place by dental crowns placed on the abutting teeth.
Although every patient’s reason for opting into a dental bridge is different, the most common reasons include restoring your smile and speech, increasing your ability to chew correctly, and maintaining the overall shape of your face. On average, a dental bridge can last between 5 and 10 years with proper oral care.
When it comes to pricing, there are various factors to consider, including:
· Number of missing teeth
· The material used to create the bridge
· Crown requirements
· Additional treatments needed
Concerned about cost of a dental bridge? Don’t let the worry of cost stop you from restoring your smile; we can assure you that we have a variety of payment options to fit different needs and budgets, including our Smile Plan, and we are happy to discuss those with you at your personalized visit.
What to Expect
At Alpine Dental Health, we believe transparency builds trusting relationships with our patients. We understand that knowing what to expect from your procedure helps alleviate any worry or stress you may have. We are here to care for you and want you to feel comfortable and confident throughout your time with us.
Dental bridge procedures begin with an overall oral health review by our experienced dentists. Along with providing a personalized treatment plan, we discuss the cost and payment options available.
There are typically six steps following your exam that span over a few appointments to complete your treatment.
6 Steps of a Traditional Dental Bridge Procedure
1. Alginate Impressions are taken to serve as a baseline model of your teeth structure.
2. Space is made to accommodate for dental crowns on the abutment teeth.
3. Temporary crowns are placed on the abutment teeth.
4. A temporary bridge is placed in the area of the missing teeth to protect the area until the permanent one is completed.
5. Temporary ones are removed.
6. A permanent bridge is cemented between the permanent crowns, and proper fit is verified.
In some instances, a traditional bridge is not the ideal option for your needs, so our dentists may suggest a Maryland bridge or implant-supported bridge. In all cases, proper oral hygiene is imperative to keeping your teeth strong and healthy.
Are you hoping to restore the look and feel of your mouth? Then request an appointment with our caring Alpine Dental Health team today to learn more about how a dental bridge could help boost your oral health and your smile.