About Dental Bridges
When teeth are missing, the quality of your smile, eating and speaking capabilities, and overall oral health can be significantly impacted. The loss of even a single tooth may lead to a series of consequences in your mouth, causing teeth to shift out of place, changing the way your teeth fit together, and creating tension in your bite and jaw. To replace missing teeth, our general dentists are proud to offer dental bridge solutions at our modern State College, PA dental practice. A dental bridge is a series of natural-looking porcelain dental crowns joined together to seamlessly fill the space left behind by a missing tooth. Each end of the bridge (abutments) fits over neighboring teeth or utilizes dental implants as support while the middle crown (pontic) replaces the missing tooth. If you have one or more teeth missing from your smile, please schedule a consultation at Advanced Dentistry of Centre County to learn about your tooth replacement options with a custom bridge.
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Is a Bridge Right for You?
Replacing functional teeth that are missing or require extraction due to irreparable damage, decay, injury, or advanced gum disease is very important to your overall health and well-being. Missing teeth are not just a cosmetic concern — gaps in your smile may also heavily impact your oral health and ability to bite, chew, smile, laugh, and talk with confidence. To receive a bridge, the adjacent teeth must be healthy enough to support the restoration, including good jawbone density and healthy gum tissues. If several teeth have been lost within a certain area of the mouth, our dentists may recommend placing a set of dental implants to support a dental bridge. During your tooth replacement consultation, we will review your oral health and help you determine the best treatment option to meet your needs, goals, and smile objectives. As a natural-looking prosthodontic solution, bridges are generally crafted of tooth-colored porcelain but may also be made from other high-quality materials.
The Treatment Process
Dental bridges generally require at least two dental visits to complete. At your first appointment, our dentists will numb the treatment area and prepare the support teeth (or surgically place a set of dental implants in the jaw). Sedation dentistry may be provided if you feel nervous or anxious about receiving dental care. After your teeth are prepped, a digital dental impression of the area will be taken and sent to a professional dental lab where your bridge will be created of the highest quality materials. A temporary bridge will be placed to maintain function and appearance while your custom restoration is crafted. Once your bridge is ready, we will have you return for a second visit to have your temporary removed and custom bridge bonded to your teeth or connected to your implants. Our dentists have advanced skills in prosthodontics and will carefully adjust the fit of your bridge so it feels comfortable in your mouth and improves your oral function.
Caring for Your New Bridge
Replacing a missing tooth or teeth with a dental bridge should provide an improvement in the function and appearance of your smile. Our caring team will show you how to care for your restoration, including the best way to keep it clean and any recommendations for any foods to avoid. It is crucial to clean your bridge daily since cavities can develop on the teeth supporting your restoration. With proper care, your dental bridge may serve your tooth replacement needs for several years. If your bridge ever feels loose or comes off entirely, please get in touch with us right away so that we can arrange to bond it back in place. Keeping up with routine preventive care at Advanced Dentistry gives our dentists a chance to monitor the health of your bridge and help ensure it soundly supports your tooth replacement needs.
Insurance Coverage for Bridgework
Dental restorations may be covered in part by dental insurance. Before beginning your procedure, our treatment coordinator will review your individual plan and determine any out-of-pocket portion. Advanced Dentistry offers a Healthy Smiles Program and accepts several methods of payment to help you enjoy a healthy, lasting smile in the most convenient and cost-effective way.
Restore Your Smile With Tooth Replacement
Missing teeth are a major concern for a number of patients and can lead to greater treatment needs when left unreplaced. Advanced Dentistry of Centre County is proud to offer custom traditional dental bridges and implant-retained bridges that can help improve the appearance, function, and health of your smile. Contact our friendly team in State College, PA to schedule your consultation. Our dentists look forward to helping you explore your tooth replacement options and providing a solution to restore your beautiful smile!