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Dental Bridges

Replace Your Missing Teeth In Windsor, WI

Your teeth play an important role in speaking, chewing, and maintaining the proper alignment of other teeth. Replacing teeth as you lose them is necessary to maintain the function and health of your mouth. One way Drs. Endicott, DeMatthew, and Zhao combat tooth loss for patients near Windsor, Wisconsin is through affordable dental bridges.

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What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a device used to replace missing teeth by attaching artificial teeth (abutments) to adjacent natural teeth. Bridges can be permanently attached or removable.

  • Fixed bridges are applied by placing crowns on abutment teeth or by bonding artificial teeth directly to the abutment teeth.
  • Removable bridges are attached to the teeth with metal clasps or precision attachments.

Your dental bridge will be constructed from gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Most bridges are composed of three units where an artificial tooth is connected on each end to crowns. To hold the bridge in place, the crowns are placed over neighboring teeth.

Types of dental bridges

  • Traditional Dental Bridge
  • Cantilever Dental Bridge
  • Maryland Bonded Bridge
  • Implant-Supported Bridge
  • Composite Dental Bridge

Dental Bridge Procedure

The attachment procedure takes two appointments to complete. During your appointments, your dentist will:

  1. Prepare the teeth on either side of the gap by removing a portion of enamel and dentin.
  2. Take impressions of your teeth to ensure your bridge is fabricated precisely to your bite.
  3. Cement the fixed bridge to the natural teeth to replace the lost tooth.
3 unit dental bridge device to replace missing teeth

Caring for Your Dental Bridge

Taking proper care of your bridge maintains the surrounding tissue and ensures the longevity of your investment. Just like your natural teeth, your bridge requires proper daily cleaning for optimal health.

How long does a dental bridge last?

A dental bridge can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years (sometimes longer!). The lifespan of a dental bridge greatly depends on oral hygiene practices. If you clench or grind your teeth, consider a nightguard to protect your bridge.

What is the best toothpaste for dental bridges?

The toothpaste best for bridges is sensitivity toothpaste. If your bite seems off after receiving a bridge, please call us for a slight adjustment.

Why do I need a bridge?

Dental bridges are a good choice if you want to improve oral functionality and appearance after losing a permanent tooth. A dental bridge helps support your lips and cheeks, preventing your mouth from sinking.

Missing teeth place unusual stress on the gums and other oral tissues, potentially causing a number of disorders. Increased risk of gum disease is one of the worst side effects of missing teeth, but this risk can be minimalized with a bridge.

Are dental bridges worth it?

Dental bridges are worth every penny if you're looking to restore the appearance of your smile with a natural-looking solution. Besides replacing missing teeth, bridges provide a plethora of solutions to problems you may be experiencing. The advantages of bridges, along with 3 unit bridges, include:

  • Improved eating related to biting and chewing
  • Improved Speech Clarity
  • Prevention of teeth shifting 
  • Restorations for neighboring teeth that have become damaged or decayed
  • Reduced risk of bone loss

Bridges vs. Implants

Both a bridge and dental implant are excellent solutions for replacing a missing tooth and restoring function to the affected area. In most cases, both require multiple appointments to complete but bridges are typically quicker. There are some differences between the two solutions that you will want to discuss with your dentist as you consider your treatment options. A bridge is a restoration that attaches a replacement tooth by using the teeth on either side of the missing tooth for support. The primary advantage of a bridge is it can be completed faster than an implant.

Dental Bridge Cost

The average cost for a bridge in Wisconsin is $750 to $1500 per tooth. The cost varies based on the size of the dental bridge, insurance coverage and the material used. Your restorative dentist will provide an estimate during pre-procedure consultations. Windsor offers affordable payment plans for tooth replacement procedures, including bridges. We provide restorative procedures to a number of Southcentral Wisconsin cities including Madison, DeForest and Sun Prairie. 

If you’re missing a tooth, contact Windsor Family Dental today to schedule an appointment

Our restorative treatments include:

Dental Bridge FAQs

 

Who is a good candidate for a dental bridge?

Dental bridges "bridge" the gaps between healthy teeth and missing teeth. To be a good candidate for dental bridges, the teeth on either side of your missing tooth or teeth must be strong and healthy. You must also have good overall oral health, meaning no gum disease, for treatment to be successful. An alternative if your teeth are too damaged could be dental implants.

How many teeth can a dental bridge replace?

A dental bridge can be used to replace a single missing tooth but is more commonly used to replace two to four teeth. However, the greater number of teeth missing, the less stable the bridge tends to be. For bridges replacing a larger amount of teeth, implants are often used as additional reinforcement.

Is bridging better than implants?

While a dental bridge may be more noticeable than an implant, it is less expensive and less time-consuming to get one. Both options are great for restoring your smile and confidence. Talk to your dentist about which one may be right for you based on cost, number of missing teeth, overall health and treatment time.

Does getting a bridge for teeth hurt?

The dental bridge procedure is usually easy and pain-free. So you don't feel anything, your dentist will use a local anesthetic during the procedure to numb the area. You may experience pain or discomfort after the procedure and may be prescribed an analgesic.

Can teeth decay under a bridge?

Natural teeth under dental bridges are still susceptible to tooth decay, gum disease, cavities and other oral health issues. Having a proper oral hygiene routine is important to prevent the build-up of plaque and bacteria underneath the bridge. Brush your teeth and bridge twice a day, floss once a day, and visit your dentist every six months to make your dental bridge last.

Are bridges more comfortable than dentures?

Since bridges are fixed into place where your missing teeth were, they're typically more comfortable and convenient than dentures. Denture discomfort comes from clicking and slipping. The learning curve for getting used to dentures is also incredibly time-consuming. You'll experience altered sensations, reduced chewing efficiency and speaking troubles.

 

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