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Dental Bridges

What are dental bridges and when are they used?


dental bridge rosevilleWhen you are missing one or more teeth, finding a solution to reclaim your smile can make a world of difference. Our smiles say much about:

  • Our health;
  • Our confidence;
  • Our professionalism;
  • Our social lives;
  • Our attractiveness.

When tooth loss is inevitable, we try to find solutions to fill the void. Accidents are often unavoidable. If accidents are not the threat, then disease and decay are. Gum disease and even some medical conditions can deteriorate teeth. Decay is no better. Bacteria run rampant in our mouths every day. They feed off of the remnants of sugary carbs left behind from our daily diets. If not washed away, they eat away at our tooth enamel, drilling holes into our precious teeth. Cavities are the bane to a beautiful smile.

Even if tooth loss is inevitable, it is not the end of our smiles. You can still reclaim your smile using a dental bridge. Ace Dental in Roseville is ready to serve your needs. We can help you determine if dental bridges are the best restoration option for you.

What are dental bridges?

Dental bridges are replacement teeth attached to a pink acrylic gum. There are two kinds of dental bridges: fixed and removable. A fixed dental bridge uses the aid of dental implants to secure itself in place. The removable bridge uses metal clips to attach to abutment teeth on either side of the bridge. The process for getting a fixed or removable bridge differs as a result.

What are the differences between fixed bridge and removable dental bridges?

The process of getting a bridge depends on the type of bridge that you select. Removable bridges need different preparation than fixed bridges. First, Dr. Sibia prepares the abutment teeth by removing some of the tooth enamel.  After that, he will take an impression of your teeth to send to the lab. The dentist may make a temporary bridge to protect your exposed teeth while you wait for your bridge. During the next visit, the dentist will make adjustments and fit the bridge in place.

The process to receive a fixed bridge is similar. One difference is that it needs dental implants or crowns placed. The fixed bridge will cement to the crowned teeth on either side of the bridge. Dental implants are another option. Dental implants are replacement titanium tooth roots that anchor to your jaw. Here, the fixed bridge attaches to the dental implants instead of abutting teeth.

How long will my dental bridge last?

Dental bridges are strong and durable and can last a long time. With proper care, a dental bridge can last five to 15 years or more. The key to a bridge’s longevity is with proper oral hygiene paired with regular dental checkups.

How do I care for my dental bridge?

Regular dental checkups ensure your optimum oral health as well as helping your bridge remain in tip top shape. Using proper oral hygiene at home with your bridge is easy. Brush it as you would your natural teeth for twice a day for at least two minutes each time. Flossing is also important to remove any lodged debris.

Is it hard to eat or speak with a dental bridge?

Speaking and eating usually requires a temporary period of adjusting. Teeth are vital for correct enunciation of words. Thus, having a bridge will improve your speech once you adapt to using it, as it will for eating.

When you begin using your dental bridge, you may want to start with soft foods. As you become more accustomed to the bridge, you can begin trying more foods and textures.

How much do dental bridges cost?

The cost of your dental bridge depends on a few factors:

  • Where you live;
  • What kind of bridge you choose;
  • How many teeth are being replaced; and,
  • Your insurance.

If you have dental insurance, you should check with your insurance provider. Be sure to confirm what they will and will not pay and whether the dental office accepts your form of insurance. Most dental insurance plans will cover part of the cost for a dental bridge. Yet, this also depends on the type of dental plan that you have as well. The ability to cover the cost of a dental bridge is as vital as finding the right provider to put your plan into action.

Where can I get a dental bridge in Roseville, CA?

If you are considering getting a dental bridge, then look no further than Ace Dental in Roseville. Dr. Sibia is ready to help you with all your dental needs. Give us a call today at (916) 772-0111 to schedule a consultation. Your smile is important to us.

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