Porcelain Fixed Bridges Fitchburg MA
Dental Bridges are everywhere – you just might not realize it. They’re a popular and cost-efficient way to replace missing teeth, repair a gap in your smile, and prevent the jaw pain and misalignment that can result from shifting teeth. Fixed dental bridges are one of the simplest and least expensive ways to correct and prevent these kinds of problems.
How Do Fixed Dental Bridges Work?
Bridges are permanent repairs that are cemented in between existing teeth in order to replace one (or more) missing teeth.
A dental bridge is comprised of three parts:
- Abutement: The base of the bridge, cemented to nearby teeth dental bridge porcelain
- Crown: Sits on top of the abutement and holds the pontic
- Pontic: The replacem ent tooth
Before the bridge can be put in, Dr. Krothapalli will file down and prepare the adjacent teeth that will anchor it. A temporary bridge is then installed, while the dentist uses molds of the teeth to create an individual, specially sized bridge. Then, he will remove the temporary bridge and cement in the permanent one.
Dental Bridges - Options
Depending on your needs, your dentist may suggest one of several types of bridges:
- Porcelain, metal, or ceramic dental bridges
- Temporary dental bridge
- Permanent traditional, cantilever, or resin-bonded bridges
Most bridges are bonded to one tooth on either side, but a cantilever bridge is attached on only one side. Resin-bonded bridges are typically used to replace front teeth, where there is less biting force and the teeth are more visible.
Dental Bridge Benefits
- Instant gap correction: Bridges are a simple, effective way to replace missing teeth in a relatively easy, non-surgical procedure. If left untreated, gaps left by missing teeth can allow other teeth to shift, causing pain, sensitivity, poor hygiene, and even bite and jaw problems.
- Clear speech: Missing teeth often make speaking and articulating certain words difficult. These problems disappear with the aid of a dental bridge.
- Proper hygiene: Bridges make it easier to maintain good oral hygiene, preventing the kinds of problems associated with shifting or misaligned teeth that can occur if a missing tooth is not replaced.
- Durability: Bridges are designed to serve as a long-lasting solution, and can be relied on to endure ten to twenty years of use.
Cost of Dental Bridges
With proper care and good hygiene, dental bridges can last for up to twenty years – a good return on investment for a dental procedure that costs between $1,000-$3,000, and far less than the repairs that may be needed if a gap from a missing tooth is left untreated.
If you are unable to pay for dental bridges in full, your insurance may cover a large part of the cost – or ask us about available financing options to work bridges into most any budget. Call us Today at 978-343-3437 for more information on dental bridges. Our practice welcomes patients from Fitchburg, Lunenberg, Leominster, Ashby,Westminster and all surrounding communities.