Dental Bridges in Sacramento
If you need to fix missing teeth in Sacramento, a dental bridge may be the best option for you. Dental bridges are less expensive than dental implants. And compared to dentures, dental bridges provide a more natural appearance.
At Redford Smiles, we use modern cosmetic and restorative dentistry techniques to provide natural, comfortable dental bridges. Our dentist, Dr. Redford, has years of experience creating prosthetic teeth and dental bridges.
Contact us now at (916)-565-2570 to schedule your appointment, or keep reading to learn more about dental bridges.
What Are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges are a dental prosthetic that utilize multiple crowns and false teeth to replace your missing teeth.
As the name implies, the crowns attach to healthy teeth (also known as abutment teeth) on either side of the missing tooth. The false teeth between the crowns “bridge” the gap in your teeth.
This restores a natural appearance, and allows you to chew, bite, and speak normally. Dental bridges are usually used to “bridge” the gap caused by a single missing tooth. However, in some cases, dental bridges can treat multiple missing teeth.
How Dental Bridges Are Made
Dental bridges are an advanced dental prosthesis, and the process of creating a dental bridge is quite involved. Usually, creation and application of a dental bridge requires two visits to Redford Smiles.
During your initial visit, Dr. Redford will prepare the abutment teeth for dental crowns. These teeth are recontoured and trimmed to provide the proper attachment surface for your dental bridge. After he prepares your abutment teeth, Dr. Redford will take impressions of your teeth.
These impressions are sent to a lab. Then the dental crowns, bridge, and artificial tooth that comprise a dental bridge are manufactured, according to your dental impressions. After impressions are taken, Dr. Redford will place a temporary dental bridge to protect the exposed teeth and gums.
Typically, a dental bridge will be manufactured in 1-2 weeks. The finished bridge will then be sent to Redford Dentistry. During your second appointment, Dr. Redford will install this permanent tooth restoration.
During your second visit, Dr. Redford will double check the quality and fit of your dental bridge. Minor adjustments can be made on-site to ensure a perfect fit. Once the adjustment of the dental bridge is complete, it is permanently attached.
Dr. Redford will use an advanced dental cement to attach both crowns to the abutment teeth. After this cement bonds with the abutment teeth, bridge installation is complete.
The creation of a dental bridge is minimally invasive, requiring only the removal of tooth enamel from the healthy abutment teeth. This makes dental bridges popular among patients who do not want to undergo oral surgery for the placement of a permanent dental implant.
Do Dental Bridges Feel Normal?
This is a very common question. When properly fitted and installed, dental bridges feel very normal, and are nearly indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
After the initial placement of a dental bridge, patients may feel some discomfort. However, this is usually because they have become used to their missing tooth, and are simply not used to the feeling of having a full set of teeth.
However, in rare cases, a dental bridge may not fit a patient correctly. This can cause discomfort, a misaligned bite, and a feeling of “tightness”. This is usually due to a mistake by the laboratory that built the bridge.
Usually, the bridge can be trimmed and adjusted to correct this issue. It is very rare for a bridge to require replacement due to an incorrect fit.
How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?
With proper care, dental bridges can last 10-15 years, or even longer. There are some simple steps you can take to make sure that your dental bridge lasts for a very long time.
- Maintain a comprehensive oral care regimen – Brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash regularly is critical for keeping your dental bridge intact. When food is trapped underneath a dental bridge, it can quickly cause issues like tooth decay (caries). If the abutment teeth are holding up your dental bridge decay, the bridge may fail, or have to be removed.
- Visit your dentist regularly – Visit Dr. Redford at Redford Smiles at least every 6 months for a regular checkup and teeth cleaning. This will help you spot any potential issues with your dental bridge early.
- Adjust your diet – Excessive consumption of sugary beverages and starchy foods promotes tooth decay. It’s best to avoid consuming these items, and instead focus on eating fruit, vegetables, fiber, and meat.
- Avoid chewing hard/non-food objects – Dental bridges can crack or fail due to chewing of hard or sticky foods, as well as non-food objects. Avoid excessively sticky foods like caramel and taffy. You should also not chew ice with a dental bridge.
Chewing non-food items like pens and fingernails can also damage dental bridges, so try to curtail these habits, if possible.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Bridges?
Dental insurance almost always covers at least part of the cost of a dental bridge. A missing tooth is a serious oral health issue, so dental insurance companies are usually willing to cover this procedure.
This is one of the reasons that dental bridges are a very popular treatment for missing teeth. Though dental implants are usually a more effective solution, they’re rarely covered by insurance.
If you’re not sure whether or not your dental insurance will cover the cost of your dental bridge, call Redford Smiles at (916)-565-2570. We will work with your insurance company to determine whether or not a dental implant is covered, and recommend appropriate next steps.
Call Us Today For An Appointment
If you need to fix missing teeth in Sacramento, dental bridges may be the best solution for you – and Redford Smiles is the best restorative dentist practice in Sacramento.
With a focus on patient comfort, comprehensive cosmetic and restorative treatments, and minimally-invasive procedures, Dr. Redford and the team at Redford Smiles provide incredible results. Take a look at our smile gallery to see some of our work, or read our customer testimonials to learn more about our approach to dentistry.
Don’t suffer from missing or damaged teeth. Call us for an appointment at (916) 565-2570, or visit our office in Sacramento, at 79 Scripps Dr. Suite 204, Sacramento, CA 95825.