Longmont, CO Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are a great solution for missing or damaged teeth. If you’re looking for a dental bridge in Longmont, we can help. Dr. Hedrick has created and placed a lot of bridges with great results and she can help you as well.
What is a Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges are a method of replacing teeth where not all the teeth are directly attached to the bone structure of the mouth. Unlike a crown, not all the teeth on the bridge are attached to the bone structure. Typically, the teeth at the ends of the bridge are attached to the bone structure and the center teeth are not. It’s like a bridge over a body of water where only the pieces at the ends are rooted in the ground.
The crowns on the ends are called abutment teeth (attached to bone structure) and the teeth they are attached to are the pontic teeth (not attached to bone structure).
Why do I Need a Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges are an option if you have one or more missing teeth. If this issue is not resolved, then there can be several issues as a result. Some of the issues can be:
- Bone deterioration
- Teeth shifting
- Trouble eating
Types of Bridges
This is the most common type of dental bridge. It consists of one or more pontic teeth supported by two crowns. Both crowns are rooted into the bone structure by the crown prep which is part of the natural tooth that has been smoothed down.
This is like a traditional bridge, but instead of the abutment teeth being supported by a crown prep, the abutment crowns are supported by dental implants.
Even though this is a type of bridge, it’s more like a diving board. Instead of the pontic tooth/teeth being supported by two abutment teeth, there is only one abutment teeth.
This method is rarely used, and we don’t perform this type of bridge at Longmont Dental Loft. This would be used if there is only one missing tooth and the prosthetic tooth (Pontic) would be attached to the teeth on both sides by metal wings.
Dental Bridges vs Partial Dentures
If you have one or more missing teeth either a dental bridge or partial denture could be an option. Both have advantages and disadvantages. For instance, the partial denture bridge doesn’t cost as much and is removable. On the other hand, the bridge costs more, but is usually the more desirable option as its fixed in place.
Is Getting a Dental Bridge Painful?
Typically, our patients don’t complain about much pain during the procedure. After the procedure there tends to be some sensitivity at the beginning, but it tends to ware off quickly. Rather than describing it as pain, it’s better described as uncomfortable. If you are anxious about this procedure, we offer sedation dentistry to help you be more comfortable.
Dental Bridge Procedure
When bridges are placed on implants the first step is placing the implants. After the implants are placed, we typically wait 3 months before proceeding with the remainder of the procedure. The reason is the bone structure surrounding the implants needs to fully heal before placing the bridge.
Traditional bridges and cantilever bridges can be created and placed in one day thanks to our CEREC machine.
What Materials are Used in a Dental Bridge?
At Longmont Dental Loft we primarily use either Zirconia or lithium disilicate. Both are terrific options and we make both types in our dental practice. Both materials have advantages over the other and Dr. Hedrick can advise which material would be a better choice for you.
How to Care for Your Dental Bridge
As with all teeth and dental devices, good oral care is very important. Food particles could get stuck in small gaps and under the bridge itself. For this reason, we suggest using a water pick every day. Bridge flossers are a good option as well. And of course, it’s also important to see us dentist for dental checkups and exams.
How Long do Dental Bridges Last?
How long a bridge lasts primarily comes down to two factors. The first factor has to do with the dentist’s skill level. If a dentist is highly skilled with designing and creating bridges, it will naturally last longer. The second factor is entirely controlled by the patient and it comes down to you taking good care of your dental bridge.
We often say that you can expect your bridge to last at least 10 years. However, it’s not uncommon for them to last several decades.
How we Make our Dental Bridges in Our Longmont Office
At Longmont Dental Loft we have a CEREC machine that we use to make bridges in our office, as opposed to sending them out to a lab.
This has two main benefits. First, we have complete control over the manufacturing process which means we can guarantee a perfect fit. Second, it is extremely convenient for you as we can make your bridge in one day.
Are Dental Bridges Covered by Insurance?
Yes, dental bridges are often covered by insurance. It’s common for dental insurance to pay 50% of the cost. If you don’t have dental insurance, we have affordable insurance options that we can suggest.
Dr. Hedrick’s Thoughts on Dental Bridges
“When it comes to missing or damaged teeth there are several possible solutions from implants and crowns to brides. Although bridges aren’t always the best option for all patients, I still love them. And it’s not uncommon for our patients to select a bridge over an implant.
Bridges are great devices and they look and function extremely well. With recent advances in materials such as zirconia, bridges are even better than they used to be. For instance, with zirconia we’re now able to increase the length of the restoration which allows us to offer a bridge in more scenarios.”
Why Get a Bridge at Longmont Dental Loft?
At Longmont Dental Loft you can be sure that you’re getting a dental bridge with a perfect fit that’s made to last. And with our state of the art technology you will have a convenient experience such as being able to get a digital scan (as opposed to using gummy impression material) and you can also have less dental appointments due to us being able to create same day bridges. If you need a dental bridge you can be sure that Dr. Hedrick and the rest of our team at Longmont Dental Loft will take good care of you.