Dental Bridges in Colorado Springs
If you’re tired of living with missing teeth, Dr. Gary Moore and the staff at Stetson Hills Dental in Colorado Springs can help! Missing teeth not only make patients self-conscious; but also make it hard to enjoy the quality of life they deserve! Having one or more missing teeth may make it hard for a patient to eat their favorite foods and speak properly. If you are missing teeth, Dr. Moore may recommend a dental bridge.
What is a dental bridge?
There are different kinds of bridges, and the type that is used depends on the needs of the patient. Basically, though, a bridge is made of a false tooth and some type of anchor to hold the bridge in place.
A cantilever bridge is used when there is an adjacent tooth on one side of the missing tooth. These are often used if a front tooth is missing. A bonded bridge has “wings” that are attached to the back of existing teeth for support. The false teeth are attached to this framework. A traditional bridge is made of a replacement tooth (known as a “pontic”), with a crown on one or both sides to anchor the bridge. A crown is a cap that fits over teeth.
What is the dental bridge procedure?
The first step in getting a dental bridge is for Dr. Moore to perform a thorough exam of your teeth and gums, to make sure a bridge is the right solution for your missing tooth. To get a bridge, a patient must practice good oral hygiene. During the exam, he will decide what kind of bridge you should have.
If he recommends a traditional bridge and crowns, he will start by modifying the teeth that are adjacent to the empty tooth socket. He may need to file them down so that the crowns fit properly. He will then make an impression of your mouth, which he will send to a lab where they will make the bridge. When your bridge is ready, you’ll come back to Stetson Hills Dental so that Dr. Moore can place your bridge and make any adjustments.
What are the advantages of a dental bridge?
Because a bridge fits snugly into place, it looks much like a natural tooth. Another advantage is that the procedure to get a bridge doesn’t require any surgery, like a restoration, such as an implant (and they are cheaper than implants as well).
A dental bridge also has the advantage of giving the patient a full set of teeth once again. Having all your teeth isn’t just important for a gorgeous smile!
Getting a bridge also:
- Maintains the structure of the face
- Prevents the remaining teeth from shifting around in the gums, which creates gaps between remaining teeth. This may cause teeth to crowd, which can increase the risk of tooth decay and problems with gums.
- Prevents problems with bite
- Helps the patient to speak clearly
- Ensures that the patient can eat their favorite foods and get adequate nutrition
How do I take care of my bridge?
Another advantage of bridges is that they are very easy to maintain. Simply keep up those good oral hygiene habits! It is especially important to take good care of your bridge and the teeth around it because cavities can easily develop on these teeth. As always, brush twice a day, floss once a day and make sure you visit Dr. Moore twice a year for exams and cleanings. Dr. Moore may have other tips for you on caring for your bridge.
How long will my bridge last?
Both crowns and bridges are very durable and strong. Crowns can last as long as 30 years, and bridges can last as long as 15.
How much will a dental bridge cost?
The cost of a dental bridge depends on what kind of bridge Dr. Moore recommends. It can also depend on what he needs to do to prepare the adjoining teeth.
Stetson Hills Dental takes many different kinds of insurance, such as Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Carrington, Cigna, MetLife, and New York Life. The staff at Stetson Hills Dental will be happy to do all they can to help patients find out what, if any, of the dental bridge procedure insurance will cover.
Even if you don’t have insurance, you don’t have to live with missing teeth! Stetson Hills Dental accepts personal checks as well as Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. They also offer financing plans, an incentive for full-payment prior to treatment, and discounts on full-family treatment.