It is important to address missing teeth as quickly as possible to avoid developing additional dental health concerns that may also limit your replacement options. Dr. Costa specializes in many restorative dental procedures, including dental bridges. A dental bridge can be an excellent choice for replacing one or more lost teeth and restoring a functional smile. Dental bridges can be either fixed or removable, supported on both sides by natural teeth, dental implants, or a combination of the two. In most cases, Dr. Costa will recommend a fixed bridge for a secure, comfortable solution with no need for daily maintenance.
Dental Bridges in Worcester, MA
The dental bridge procedure will require 2-3 visits to our Worcester, MA, dental office. During the first visit, we will assess your overall dental health and take impressions of your teeth to create your custom dental bridge. If necessary, we will place a temporary bridge until your final restoration is complete. Most patients do not have to wait long for their final restoration.
At the second visit, your dental prosthesis will be placed, adjusted for a secure fit, and permanently attached if it’s a fixed bridge. Dr. Costa will ensure that your new bridge fits comfortably in your mouth and allows normal function for a lasting result. There will be a short period of discomfort while you get used to your new bridge. We will check your prosthesis at your routine dental exams to ensure it is working properly and not causing issues.
Other Teeth Replacement Options
At Dr. Costa and Dr. Waxman Family Dentistry, we understand that each patient is different and requires personalized dental care depending on their needs. We take the time to perform a comprehensive exam to determine the overall health of your teeth. Our team can offer a more specialized treatment plan for your smile after a comprehensive exam. Depending on the comprehensive exam results, budget, overall health, and dental goals, we can provide a dental implant, dental bridge, or denture as your restoration option.
Dental Implants: One of the most desired tooth replacement options in dentistry, Dental implants are known for their durability and longevity. A dental implant is a small, titanium post that mimics the natural tooth root. Over a few months, the dental implant fuses with the jawbone, creating a stable foundation for a dental crown, dental bridge, or denture. We offer a range of dental implant options, including single-tooth implants, implant-supported bridgework, and “all-on-four,” an implant-secured denture solution.
Dentures & Partials: Dentures are a valuable option for patients missing more than one consecutive tooth. Dentures can be used to replace the top and/or bottom arch of teeth. We take the time to craft dentures that are right for your smile. Dentures should fit comfortably and securely in the mouth for patients to reap the full benefits. For a more secure option, dentures can be fixed into place using dental implants.
Dental Bridge FAQs
Discover more about dental bridge treatment with answers to these commonly asked questions:
How many teeth can a dental bridge replace?
A dental bridge will typically replace one to two teeth. However, healthy teeth must be present on both sides of the gap to secure it properly. These two teeth will be reduced to accommodate the dental crowns located on both ends of the bridgework. You can secure the bridge with dental implants if you have two or more consecutive missing teeth. Implants allow you to replace more teeth with a bridge, making them more durable and secure.
How much do dental bridges cost?
A dental bridge’s cost will significantly differ from patient to patient. Many factors contribute to the cost, such as the location of the missing tooth, how much your dental insurance will cover, and the type of material it is made of. It also depends on which type of bridge is being placed. You should expect to pay anywhere from $400 to $4000 out of pocket.
How is a dental bridge secured?
Your dentist will prepare the two adjacent teeth and cement the crowns to them. Only your dentist will be able to remove it.
Will my dental bridge eventually need to be replaced?
Not if you take very good care of it and also take good care of your oral health. With proper care, your bridge can last up to 30 years. Your dentist will recommend a replacement if your bridge becomes damaged, worn down, or breaks.
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