Dental Bridge in Caledonia

What is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge not only restores the function and appearance of your smile but also plays a vital role in maintaining overall oral health. When a tooth is lost, the neighboring teeth can start to shift, leading to misalignment and potential bite issues. This, in turn, can cause problems with chewing, speech, and even jaw pain. By filling the gap with a dental bridge, these potential complications can be avoided, preserving the natural alignment of your teeth and promoting optimal oral health.

Dental bridges come in various types, each suited to different scenarios and patient needs. Traditional bridges, as described earlier, are the most common type. However, there are also cantilever bridges and Maryland bonded bridges. Cantilever bridges are used when there are adjacent teeth only on one side of the gap, while Maryland bonded bridges use a metal or porcelain framework bonded to the back of adjacent teeth, making them a conservative option.

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The lifespan of a dental bridge is about 5 to 7 years.

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The Dental Bridge Treatment Process

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Consultation and Examination

During your initial consultation, Dr. Shaun Williams at Glen Valley Dentistry will examine your oral health and determine if you are a suitable candidate for dental bridges. This may involve taking X-rays and impressions of your teeth. The dentist will also discuss your treatment options and answer any questions you may have.

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Tooth Preparation

To create a stable foundation for the dental bridge, the adjacent teeth on either side of the gap need to be prepared. This involves removing a small amount of enamel from these teeth to make room for the dental crowns that will hold the bridge in place. Local anesthesia will be used to ensure your comfort during the procedure.

Bridge Placement

Once the teeth are prepared, impressions of your teeth will be taken to create a custom-made dental bridge. While your bridge is being fabricated in a dental laboratory, a temporary bridge will be placed to protect your teeth and gums. Once the permanent bridge is ready, it will be carefully fitted and bonded in place, restoring the appearance and function of your smile.

The Benefits of Dental Bridges

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Restored Functionality

Dental bridges allow you to chew and speak properly, improving your ability to enjoy a wide range of foods and communicate clearly. They also help maintain the alignment of your remaining teeth, preventing them from shifting and causing bite problems.

Enhanced Aesthetics

By filling in the gap left by missing teeth, dental bridges restore the appearance of your smile. They are custom-made to match the color, shape, and size of your natural teeth, creating a seamless and natural-looking result.

Long-lasting Solution

With proper care and regular dental check-ups, dental bridges can last for many years. They are a durable and reliable solution for replacing missing teeth, providing you with a long-term investment in your oral health.

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On average, people in the United States between the ages of 20 and 64 have three or more missing teeth.

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Types of Dental Bridges

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Traditional Bridge

A traditional bridge is the standard type of dental bridge that most patients receive. To replace a missing tooth where there are teeth on either side of the gap, we will place dental crowns on these abutment teeth and a pontic tooth will be attached to the crowns in the middle to form a bridge. The teeth adjacent to the gap anchor the bridge and the pontic tooth replaces the missing tooth.

Cantilever Bridge

If there are only teeth on one side adjacent to the missing tooth, then a cantilever bridge will be needed. This places a dental crown on this abutment tooth that is next to the gap and suspends a pontic tooth next to it to fill in the missing tooth. Instead of two teeth anchoring the bridge, only one does. This is best suited for rear teeth.

Maryland Bridge

This is also known as a resin-bonded bridge because instead of using crowns on adjacent teeth to anchor the bridge, wings made of metal or porcelain extend against the back of the teeth and are bonded in place. The wings are not visible from the front.

Implant-Supported Bridge

Much like a traditional bridge, two teeth next to the gap are used to anchor the bridge, but instead of using dental crowns, these teeth are replaced with dental implants. Crowns are attached to the implants and a pontic tooth is connected between them. This tooth replacement is very sturdy and prevents bone loss.

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Dental bridges have been used for centuries, with evidence of them being used as early as 700 BC in ancient Etruscan civilization.

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Have questions about Same Day Crowns? Find answers here.

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What issues can a same-day crown treat?

Most commonly, same-day crowns are used to protect and restore teeth that have been damaged by a serious cavity, or that have been cracked or broken by dental trauma, like an accident or injury. Because same-day crowns cover up and protect your entire tooth structure, they are ideal for preventing further complications and restoring the shape, appearance, and function of damaged teeth.

Same-day crowns are also used to cover up and protect teeth after root canal treatment. In more rare cases, they may also be used for cosmetic dentistry if other treatments like veneers and dental bonding are not appropriate. 

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How do I know if I need a same-day crown?

If you have a damaged or severely decayed tooth, or are in need of emergency care, you may need a same-day crown. You should see your dentist if you are experiencing tooth pain and discomfort, or if your teeth are visibly damaged or discolored. Depending on the cause of your dental issues, they may recommend a same-day crown or another restorative treatment.

How long do same-day crowns last?

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A well-made and properly placed same-day crown can last up to 15 years. It’s critical to maintain good oral health habits to enhance your crown’s longevity. These practices include brushing twice per day, flossing once per day, and seeing your dentist every 6 months for a professional cleaning and exam.

How do I care for my same-day crown? 

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You can treat your same-day crown just like a natural tooth. Make sure you brush twice a day for at least two minutes, ensuring you scrub the full surface of every tooth. You should floss at least once per day, preferably at night. This should only take a few minutes, but be sure to floss against the tooth and below the gum line. You should also see your dentist every six months for a check-up to make sure that your dental work and teeth are healthy. 

Are same-day dental crowns covered by insurance?

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Same-day dental crowns that are required for restorative purposes, such as severe cavities or a broken tooth, are typically covered by insurance. The exact amount of coverage you receive will depend on the deductible and yearly limits of your policy. 

If you require a crown for cosmetic purposes, such as covering up a discolored tooth, the procedure may not be covered by insurance. To make sure your procedure is covered, we recommend consulting with your insurer. 

Can I get same-day crowns on my front teeth?

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Yes! A same-day crown will cover any visible discoloration or chips on your tooth. This coverage is especially beneficial in the case of highly-visible front teeth. Your dentist will match it to the color of your other teeth so it fits in with the rest of your smile.