Dental Bridges Specialist in Newnan GA
Do you experience tooth decay, gum disease, and dental injury? Dental bridge help to fill the gap with artificial teeth. Dr. Michael Hampton provides dental bridge procedures to replace missing teeth. When you have a bite issue, difficulty chewing, or concerns about the appearance of your teeth. To learn more about the benefit of dental bridges, contact us and request an appointment online. We are located at 7 Baynard Park St. A, Newnan, GA 30265.
Table of Contents:
What are dental bridges?
What is the treatment process for bridges?
How do you care for dental bridges?
How much does a tooth bridge cost?
Dental bridges are a dental closer that covers any gaps left between two teeth, the gap can be due to a tooth that is now missing. These false teeth are known as pontic; ponticteeth are held in place by what is known as an abutment tooth, these abutment teeth are located on either side of the missing tooth gap. The false tooth will be created with different sustainable materials including gold; however, patients typically tend to prefer porcelain over gold for the aesthetically pleasing look of it, as porcelain blends more naturally with the surrounding teeth.
Dental bridges are available in four different types:
A traditional dental bridge is completed by a false tooth or more held together by dental crowns that are cemented in place on top of two abutment teeth. This type of dental bridge is one of the more popular methods available, and it can be used with natural teeth as well on either side of the missing tooth’s gap.
A cantilever dental bridge is quite similar to that of the traditional dental bridge method, as the false tooth is held in place by a dental crown, and the dental crown is cemented by an abutment tooth instead of two abutment teeth like the traditional method.
Maryland dental bridge is a similar style to the traditional dental bridge, as it employs two natural abutment teeth that will be placed on either side of the gap. The main difference between the Maryland dental bridge and the traditional dental bridge is the fact that Maryland uses a framework instead of dental crowns to be bonded onto the back of the abutment teeth to complete the dental bridge base.
An implant-supported dental bridge uses dental implants instead of the typical dental crown or other dental frameworks. A single dental implant will be surgically placed in every gap that has a missing tooth, the dental implants will then hold the bridge in position, and a dental implant will be placed for each missing tooth that needs to be completed. The dental bridge may use what is known as a fixed floating tooth, or a false tooth that will be suspended between the two implant-supported crowns.
Usually, dental bridge treatment processes will need on average two to three appointments to complete the dental bridge, unless you have decided to go with the Maryland dental bridge route.
Regardless of which method is chosen, our dentists will need an impression of your teeth completed with either a dental mold or dental scan. This is completed as a review before the treatment to see how your teeth are looking, and as a way for the dental specialists to map out the dental bridge procedure.
Only one appointment is necessary for preparation when it comes to the traditional or cantilever dental bridge, you will need another appointment to remove any temporary crowns, review permanent crowns, and see how everything fits, as well as if the dental bridge is supported if so, cement the bridge in place.
When it comes to the Maryland dental bridge as stated previously you do not need multi-preparation appointments, as the abutment teeth will have etching completed already in the back of the teeth for support, and to bond the wings to them. The abutment teeth will be cured to hold them in place.
Once done, an implant-supported bridge will be completed and located within the jawbone, it will take time to heal before the dental bridge will be fully completed.
Dental bridges are quite easy to take care of since you do the exact same routine as you would with your natural teeth. Brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash daily will be your go-to when it comes to taking care of your dental bridges and natural teeth properly. When it comes to flossing with dental bridges, our dental bridge specialists will showcase how to properly floss without causing issues.
It is highly recommended that you continue to visit our dentists once every 6 months to 1 year for a check-up and cleaning, this is to ensure your dental bridge, and your natural teeth are still healthy with no issues.
Dental bridges on average cost between $500 per tooth up to $1,200 per tooth, these costs will vary dependent on a few factors including who completes the dental bridge, and where the dental office is located.
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