A missing tooth can cause other teeth to shift out of position, so when more of your teeth are missing, it is not a simple cosmetic concern. Missing teeth can result in unnecessary tension in your bite, increased pain during chewing, or even difficulty speaking. A dental bridge restores the appearance and health of your mouth by filling the empty spaces with a false tooth supported by either crowns, dental implants, or a combination of both. At Chestnut Hill Dental in Chestnut Hill, MA, our team of highly qualified dental professionals offers bridges that are custom-made with top-quality materials to help restore your beautiful smile. If you have one or more teeth missing from your smile, please schedule a consultative appointment at our upscale facility to learn more about your restoration options with a dental bridge.
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People with missing teeth don't merely have an aesthetic issue — gaps between the teeth can have a powerful impact on your oral health. The fact is: your mouth is carefully balanced and missing teeth can affect its function. With time, a missing tooth can lead to shifting, creating bite problems (overbite, underbite, crossbite) and atrophy of the gums and jawbone. A dental bridge requires the surrounding teeth to be strong enough to support the restoration, including sufficient jawbone density and healthy gums. An experienced dental professional will assess your gums and jaw during your exam and consultation to help you choose the best bridge type (traditional, cantilever, Maryland-bonded, or resin-bonded) and material (porcelain, ceramic, metal, and porcelain fused to metal).
What To Expect
After your teeth are filed down in preparation, a member of the Chestnut Hill Dental team will take digital x-rays and impressions of your teeth so your custom bridge can be created. If needed, a temporary bridge or restoration can be placed while your custom one is being made. Once your dental bridge is ready, the needed areas of your mouth will be given local anesthesia. Other anesthesia or sedation options may be used if you have fears, anxieties, or a strong gag reflex so you will be comfortable during the procedure. The custom bridge will either be cemented in place or attached to dental implants, depending on the support method chosen during your consultation. Finally, we will carefully adjust the fit of the bridge so it feels right in your mouth and remains in place.
After your bridge is in place, you should notice an improvement in the function and appearance of your teeth. You may need a second visit at Chestnut Hill Dental to alter the fit of your bridge if it feels loose in the first few weeks after placement. A member of our team will show you how to maintain your dental bridge, including the best way to clean it and what foods to avoid. It is crucial to frequently clean your bridge and mouth since cavities can still develop underneath the restoration. With proper care, your dental bridge can last for many years. You need to schedule appointments at Chestnut Hill Dental for your annual dental exam as well as cleanings twice a year. At your examination, we will assess the health and fit of your dental bridge to determine if it needs to be repaired or replaced.
Bridges and other dental restorations are generally covered, in part, by dental insurance companies. Our office will talk to your dental insurance company to figure out your out-of-pocket expenses. Chestnut Hill Dental accepts many methods of payment, including medical financing, that can be discussed during or after your consultation. Our team will also help you select the best bridge material and type to fit both your needs and budget during this visit.
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Dental Bridge Restorations
Even if you don't mind the appearance of your smile with missing teeth, it can lead to more expensive troubles if you don't address the issue early on. Schedule a consultation with at Chestnut Hill Dental to learn more about bridge restorations and the treatment options that match your specific needs. We are proud to offer high-quality dental restorations that can help improve the appearance and health of your mouth. Contact our team in Chestnut Hill, MA to schedule your appointment.