Your teeth play an important role in speaking, chewing, and maintaining proper alignment of other teeth. Dental bridges can restore up to four adjacent missing teeth to reverse the effects of tooth loss.
At Buck Family Dentistry, our restorative dentist in Creston, IA, will ensure your bridges match your surrounding teeth for a natural appearance. Dr. Michael Buck has helped patients in Corning, Thayer, and Aspen repair their smiles with reliable dental restorations.
Dental bridges can replace one or more missing teeth using replacement teeth called pontics attached to one or more dental crowns. Crowns get placed on the teeth adjacent to the bridge, called abutment teeth. The pontic is suspended between the crowns to fill the gap left by missing teeth. Bridges help restore your smile’s function, health, and appearance.
There are several advantages to dental bridge restorations, such as:
Dr. Buck may recommend dental bridges for patients struggling with:
Look no further than dental bridges if you’re missing one to four adjacent teeth and want a convenient, affordable tooth loss replacement. Call our Creston, IA, dental office at 641-782-4747 to learn more and schedule your consultation.
The attachment procedure usually takes two or three appointments, depending on your oral health needs. At your first appointment, Dr. Michael Buck will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap by removing a portion of the enamel and dentin.
Since the bridge must be fabricated precisely to ensure the correct bite and to match the opposing tooth, impressions of the teeth are taken and sent to a lab where they’ll construct your customized bridge.
Our dentist will cement your fixed bridge to the natural teeth next to the space left by the missing teeth. A pontic (false tooth) replaces the lost tooth, and dental crowns support the bridge.
With proper care and maintenance, dental bridges can last up to 10 to 15 years before needing replacement. You can make the most of your dental restoration by practicing good oral hygiene and attending routine dental cleanings and exams. Failure to care for your teeth and dental bridge may harm their health and longevity.
Caring for a dental bridge is like caring for natural teeth. Brush twice daily and floss daily to eliminate unhealthy bacteria. It’s also wise to attend biannual dental checkups for routine cleanings and exams. These visits allow your dentist to remove stuck-on plaque and check your dental bridge's integrity.
Dental bridges can only be removed by your dentist. If your bridge is loose or ill-fitting, your dentist will likely remove and replace it. If your bridge has become loose or sustained damage, schedule an appointment with your dentist right away.
The cost of dental bridges depends on several factors, such as how many teeth were replaced and your oral health. Your restorative dentist will provide a cost estimate of your dental bridge treatment at your initial appointment. If you need help covering the expenses of bridges, ask your dentist if their office offers financing options.
Don’t let missing teeth impact your quality of life any longer. Dental bridges from Buck Family Dentistry are convenient and affordable dental solutions that can replace up to four missing teeth. Our Creston dentist will ensure your bridge looks and functions like natural teeth.
To schedule your consultation, call our dental office today at 641-782-4747. You can also book your appointment online or request more information by filling out our contact form.
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